25.06.2017 | World Vitiligo Day 2017 celebrations in Detroit

As I write, celebrations are underway all over the world, check out Facebook page for photos and updates.

We just wrapped three days of US national celebrations - themed “Step Up for Vitiligo: A call for Truth, Hope and Change.” The event was led by Dr. Richard Huggins, powered by Lee Thomas and his Clarity Foundation and hosted by the V-Strong Vitiligo Support Group. Also, Prof. Jorge Luis Perez from Holguin has added a distinct Cuban flavor to our large party. 

Further south in Brazil - host country of the 2017 World Vitiligo Day HQ - emotions and energy are running satisfyingly high. WVD President Prof. Paulo Cunha and his team of enthusiasts are raising awareness for vitiligo across national TV, social media and on the street. 

A meeting room for World Vitiligo Day celebrations in Detroit.

Lee Thomas delivered an outstanding talk on vitiligo with a healthy dose of humor.

Erika Page, a Baltimore-born writer and blogger with a big heart for girls with vitiligo.

Valarie Molyneaux, President of VITFriends from Boston, MA pationately talks about World Vitiligo Day campaign.

Chair of Dermatology Department at Henry Ford Hospital Prof. Henry Lim welcomes participants of the meeting. 

Three top vitiligo specialists: Amit Pandya, Iltefat Hamzavi and John Harris.

A breakout session for patients with leading vitiligo specialists.


Lee Thomas interviews Prof. Jorge Luis Perez from Cuba, a leader of the national support group VITAMIGOS.

A standing ovation to Kim Boyd for organizing the World Vitiligo Day event in Detroit.





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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.

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