During Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, we’re sharing stores of people like Sunny (@therealsunnysidhu), diagnosed with scleroderma at age 13.
Sunny was a promising, young athlete who dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player. As he tells it, “That was sidelined.” Through the years, Sunny lost a finger, both big toes and part of his right foot to scleroderma. He’s had multiple skin grafts and two bypass surgeries on his right leg. Yet, he still discovered new dreams that he pursued and achieved.
Sunny went into television as a local entertainment anchor and a correspondent for international networks. He toured as a festival/club DJ for over 20 years. He’s a stand-up comic, a working actor, and a documentary producer — all while building a career in real estate, where he’s a top producer for RE/MAX.
“I don’t believe scleroderma is a life sentence,” Sunny explains. “It’s a life.”
For Sunny and thousands like him, SRF will keep funding the research needed to cure scleroderma once and for all.