VITILIGO Friends "VITFriends"

A Vitiligo Support Community of FRIENDS

Minnesota

OUR 2020/2021 Minnesota Sponsors 

ULTIMATE VIP

Advantage Coating  Through their generous donation we are able to send 27 of our members to the 2022 World Vitiligo Day Conference.  


Advantage Coating specializes in a broad array of concrete floor coatings for new construction and renovation projects.  Established in 1993, Advantage Coating is a leader in the concrete floor coating industry in a five-state area including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  We specialize in urethanes, epoxies, acrylics, electrostatic dissipative coatings, conductive, secondary containment coatings, and concrete polishing.  We also do large-scale joint and crack repair on floors.  Authorized to use most major suppliers including Tennant, Dur-a-Flex, Sherwin Williams, BASF, and Florock.

Advantage Coating can enhance the quality of your environment by improving the appearance, durability and protection of your commercial and industrial concrete floors.



Check them out here

www.advantagecoating.com


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NEWS and Updates...

Check out Alicia's trailer in the upcoming movie More Than Our Skin

Check out Minnesota's latest Fox 9 Appearance! 

MINNESOTA VITFRIENDS TO HOST BOOTH


Once again Minnesota VITFriends - A Vitiligo Community will be at Healthy Life Expo. Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday & Sunday, February 9 & 10 from 10am-5pm.

Look for our booth 717 and our presentation at 4pm on Saturday Stage 2. Stop by and talk to our leader Alicia Roufs for more information and how you can join our local vitiligo community group!
Minnesota VITFriends - A Vitiligo Community

For more information click HERE!


ADVOCATING VITILIGO ON CAPITAL HILL 

Our Minnesota Family

Alicia's presentation at Mayo Clinic

Alicia's appearance on Fox 9 news

Our Minnesota Team's 1st Annual picinic

WELCOME Minnesota!

Alicia Roufs

Minnesota Team Leader

Alicia Roufs reports... that I has had vitiligo since I was three months old.   I have never known myself without vitiligo.  It has shaped who I am, and how I am. What’s underneath my spotted exterior is what matters most to me and others.  I’m not gonna lie and tell you everything was wonderful growing up.  Having vitiligo at such a young age was very hard.  Kids are very cruel and I was called every name you can imagine.  It definitely made me a stronger more outspoken person.   I wasn’t going to let a silly little skin disease rule my life.  I learned to be the class clown and make jokes.  I figured if they could laugh with me, it was stopping them from laughing at me.

The doctors have linked my vitiligo to my mother developing hypothyroidism before she was pregnant with me.  I guess auto immune diseases run in my family.  My sister also has hypothyroidism, and I have diabetes on both sides.  I have developed Graves’ Disease which is also an auto immune disease.   It’s amazing to me how so much is linked together.  I have never used make up or tried any treatment for my vitiligo.  I have just used my self-confidence to get me through it.   I wouldn’t say I have given up hope for a cure, but I think I have come to the realization that trying to cure an auto immune disease isn’t probably going to happen in my lifetime.  

I am married to an awesome man Dominic Roufs, who is a huge supporter of my vitiligo awareness efforts.  I also have one son named Herbie who thinks that vitiligo ROCKS!!  We live in a small town in Minnesota in our home with our dog Ronnie.  We are very blessed people and are very lucky for all we have. 

My goal with our group here in Minnesota, is to bring everyone together and let them know that there are so many people with vit just like them.  I would have given anything growing up to know someone else with vitiligo.  I also want to be a link between doctors and dermatologist for patients with vitiligo who feel they have nowhere to turn.  I also want to help educate the medical community on vitiligo since many people who work in it have never even heard of vit. 

I am proud that I can sit here and say I have vitiligo.  I have no problem educating those around me and informing what I have.  I have been truly blessed to have such a supportive and loving family to lean on during tough and unsure times.  I have loved meeting fellow vitiligo people via FaceBook and offering advice and a shoulder to lean on.  It has given me a much greater purpose.  I know that God doesn’t make mistakes.  He gave me this disease because he knew I could handle it and help others.  I am glad he did.  Because really, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.  

Address

New Prague, MN

Contact

844-374-3639
minnnesota@vitfriends.org

Hours

Available by email anytime!

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