World Vitiligo Day Rally - June 25, 2016 U S Capitol Steps, Washington, D.C.
June 25, 2015 - World VITILGO Day - Massachusetts State House Rally.
Our first ever RALLY on the steps of the Massachusetts State Capitol at 12:30pm was a success.
Please see our NEWS page for full details!
What do you know about the National VITILIGO Control Act of 1977?
Should you become knowledgeable of the FACTS?
Let's ASK Congress ourselves in 2016 - Please RALLY with us!
Our VITFriends Team USA
7th annual Vitiligo conference was a great success!
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for details about full Conference AUDIO and DVD
See PHOTO page
to capture some of
WALK for Vitiligo Awareness
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Great Conference Quotes:
2015 by Alex - "If you don't like what you see you can kiss my black and white ass"
"We are ALL a different chapter in a great book.."
"Embrace your reality"
"Vitiligo had my BUT...for a long time." for example:
(1) I want to go out, but...(2) I want to go to the beach...but (3) I want to go to the gym...but."
"Embrace your Beauty."
"Don't let anything or anyone dull your sparkle."
"Loving the skin that I am in."
"Folks will perceive you the way you perceive yourself."
"I am the definition of beauty."
"Own your VITILIGO."
WELCOME to our Home!
President/Founder: Valarie Molyneaux
Secretary/Treasurer/Boston Group Leader: Barbara Hamilton
WHAT is VITILIGO
Vitiligo is REAL! Living with Vitiligo, Eczema, Discoid Lupus, Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, or any other form of skin condition can be for most patients, a physical, mental and emotional challenge; but it IS possible.
VITILIGO - What is this THING?
What is Vitiligo? Vitiligo (pronounced - VITTLE - EYE -GO) is a skin condition resulting from loss of pigment which produces white patches.
Who Gets Vitiligo? Vitiligo affects one or two of every 100 people. About half the people who develop it do so before the age of 20; about one–fifth have a family member with this condition.
How Does Vitiligo Develop? It is believed that VIT is an autoimmune pigmentation disorder that destroys the melanocytes (cells which make pigment) leaving skin and hair depigmented. It results from complex interaction of environmental, genetic, and immunologic factors, which ultimately contributes to melanocyte destruction.Typical vitiligo shows areas of milky-white skin. However, the degree of pigment loss can vary within each vitiligo patch. Vitiligo often begins with a rapid loss of pigment. This may continue until, for unknown reasons, the process stops. Cycles of pigment loss, followed by times where the pigment doesn't change, may continue indefinitely.
How is Vitiligo Treated? Sometimes the best treatment for vitiligo is no treatment at all. However there are several different ointments and things to rub on the skins, as well as light theraphy now available.
Is Vitiligo Curable? At this time, the exact cause of vitiligo is not known, however, there may be an inherited component. Although some treatment is available, there is NO single cure.
Concerns to be considered: Vitiligo is a condition that can have major affects on ones Quality of Life. Vitiligo can be an emotionally devastating condition that can affect all involved. Supporting, encouraging and empowering individuals with vitiligo is our primary goal and is done mainly through our website and our annual conferences.
Research: There are several theories as to what is triggering and influencing this autoimmune dysfunction. Many believe that this likely means that vitiligo is the result of a multi-faceted set of factors, including a complex set of genes, stress, accumulation of toxic compounds, infection, autoimmunity mutations, and impaired melanocytes. Research is focused on understanding this interplay of factors in order to improve existing therapies and, for the first time, be able to design therapies to stop depigmentation.
Vitiligo is becoming increasingly prevalent. What are your concerns?
Our concerns are:
* that you would consider helping VITFRIENDS with this work of educating others.
* that you would help us as we support and encourage individuals with Vitiligo.
* that you would attend our annual conference and also share it with others.
* that you would distribute our brochures, flyers and postcards to individual you encounter with Vitiligo.
* that you would volunteer to assist at our educational seminars and conference which are held every year
* that you would pray for this organization.
* that you would GIVE to this non-profit organization.
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VITFriends – New York, NY
Liason/Leader: Patricia Rossy
Co-Leaders: Patricia Mills; Shazaad Games; Richard Rossy
VITFriends – Hartford, CT
Leader: Millicent Meadows
VITFriends – Boston, MA
Leader: Barbara Hamilton
Secretary: Victoria Moore
VITFriends – N. Carolina and S. Carolina
Liason/Leader: Cawana Evans
Co-Leader: Katrina Christian (NC)
Co-Leader: Tiffany Jefferson (SC)
VITFriends – indianapolis, IN
Leader: Denise Crooms-Blanks
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As we work to educate and encourage
individuals on this vitiligo journey.
For 2015 show your support with a gift of $20.15
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