24.03.2016 | Let's meet on June 25th

Dear Friend,

You are part of something big. Like you, over 500,000 others have signed the petition calling on the UN to recognize June 25th as World Vitiligo Day. We’re currently waiting for the UN to respond to your message.

This achievement is testament to the strength of our movement. We have supporters, volunteers, donors and organizers in 163 countries around the world, plus over 100 million people who suffer from vitiligo daily.

However, we can’t rest - there is still much work to be done. Together, we must keep up the pressure on the UN to give vitiligo the status it deserves.

It may take time. For example, the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations campaigned for a whole decade before the World Health Organization recognized World Psoriasis Day in 2014. Unlike psoriasis, the big pharmaceutical companies don’t have much interest in vitiligo.

We’re on our own, which means we must step up the awareness drive and boost the search for a cure. We need all the help we can get, which is why I’m asking you a favor:

I’d like you to meet with me and other friends at the steps of the Capitol in Washington DC this June 25th. We are gathering there to show our unity and purpose to the world and we need you. You can register for the rally and read all about our plans here.

Obviously, this isn’t feasible for everyone! So, if you can’t make it, could you instead give just $1 to our cause? Every single cent helps vitiligans across the world and moves us a step closer to a cure.

It’s easy to donate, just click here.

With my best wishes. 


Yan Valle

CEO, Vitiligo Research Foundation


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Why Is It Important

There are a lot of people who don't want you to stand up for your rights and demand a cure. They say vitiligo is not life threatening and not contagious, and you must embrace a life of a pariah, hiding yourself from sunlight and from the society.

Vitiligo is an under-researched disease resulting in milky white skin patches on the skin. The breadth and complexity of the disease require international collaboration in therapy development. The severity of the disease calls for national healthcare support.

So, speak up for your condition and your rights. Sign the letter to tell the UN Secretary-General that you want recognition and support. It would be appreciated if you could give every member of your family or group an opportunity for signing.

Signatures count

We have collected 503191 signatures of the target 500000 (100.64%). Now let’s get 1 million signatures!


Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. We challenge the disease of vitiligo with educational and medicinal enlightenment. We care; we educate; we advance knowledge. We are the VR Foundation.

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