With each passing year the World Vitiligo Day grows bigger and bolder. Support for the event is huge and well over 500 thousand people from across the world have now signed a petition. This year’s international theme is "The Quality of Life of a Vitiligo Patient." 



The international headquarters are set in beautiful Hanoi, Vietnam this year. The Honorary Chairman of the World Vitiligo Day 2019 is Prof. Nguyen Van Thuong, MD. The international theme of this year is "The Quality of Life of a Vitiligo Patient." A panel of renowned speakers will cover a whole range of topics in vitiligo: from novel herbal treatments by Prof. Torello Lotti to Viruses and Superantigens by Prof. Michael Tirant, and all the way to surgical therapies by Prof. Davinder Parsad. As a part of celebrations, National Dermatological University Hospital of Hanoi, other hospitals and clinics across the country will host special events for vitiligo patients. A great deal of support comes from Vietnamese Government. Details and Program  
US-based members of the vitiligo community are invited to meet in Houston, TX, for a conference organized by Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement, led by its founder Diane Tribitt. The national theme is "The Mental and Medical Journey of Living with Vitiligo - The Journey Starts with ME!" The conference sessions will cover various subjects, such as: New Research Discoveries; Treatment of Vitiligo; Coping / After the Diagnosis; Addressing the Physical, Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellbeing of Children with Vitiligo, by well-known speakers including Dr. Amit Pandya, Dr. Alanna Bree, Dr. Pearl Grimes, Dr. Lisa Schuster and Dr. John Harris. Details and Program


The 7th celebration of World Vitiligo Day was held at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA on June 22nd-24th, 2018. The title for the event this year is “Children, Research, and Hope for the Future.
The UMass conference was hosted by Dr. John Harris, the Director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at UMass Medical School, and Valarie Molyneaux, the President and Founder of the VITFriends support group based in Boston, MA.  Watch the live broadcast recording on YouTube: Day 1 (4 hr. 35 min) and Day 2 (2 hr. 56 min).

Just make sure you mark June 25th next year - whether it’s in person or with a donation – World Vitiligo Day 2020 needs you! 

A special Thank You note to our supporters: The World Vitiligo Day 2019 International is sponsored by Australia-based Dr Michaels Skin Clinic offering VITILINEX product line.


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 503195 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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