VITILIGO Friends "VITFriends"

A Vitiligo Support Community of FRIENDS

Pen Pal Patch-Children's Page

Pen Pal Patch is our Children's Division which brings children with Vitiligo ages 4 - 14 years old together from all over the USA and other countries.  
                             - Meet our Leader
                             - View our BOOK List
                                     ...and more...

Check out their Facebook group here! 

VITFriends extends a warm WELCOME to Liniah Saleem to her position as the NEW Leader & Manager of our Pen Pal Patch.  Thank you Liniah for your contribution to our children and your heart to serve! 



VITFriends extends a warm WELCOME to Martine Burnsed to her position as Co-Leader of Pen Pal Patch.  Martine also accepted the role as VITFriends Corporate Secretary.  

Thank you Martine for your contribution to our children and your heart to serve! 


Welcome to school year 2021 - 2022


What's COMING Up


January 2022

a Time with our Parents of children with Vitiligo

Special Guest

Pearl E. Grimes, M.D.
Director, The Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute Of Southern California 



We are grateful to the following Authors for reading to our children in 2021

- Lori Mitchell - "Different Just Like Me"

- Kim Kirkland - "Vitiligo Doesn't Scare Me"

- Phyllis Gilmer - "Skin Deep"



Congratulations to Alicia Rouf, VITFriends Marketing Director - Minnesota, who has read to our children weekly (Wednesday/Friday) during the early quarantined period. 

VITFriends mission is to do ALL that we can do for our community and in this case for our VIT Kids



We Honor the Visionary

April Sawyer

PPP Director/Founder




 Pen Pal Patch REPORTS

2020 - 2021

Total of 187 children enrolled



Here's a GREETING from our own

Vitiligo Grammee Chipmunk 




The faces of our Future

from our 2018 Vitiligo Conference:


The Children enjoyed our 2018 Conference


World Vitiligo Day Celebration  


 We invite your child to be PEN PAL and meet

other children with Vitiligo...

Click here to check out our Pen Pal Patch Facebook page!  

Aliya was the inspiration behind Pen Pal Patch. Vitiligo ROCKS!


PPP Mascot


Click below 

Meet Victor & Victoria



 The Genesis of Vitiligo Pen Pal Patch

This children's initiative was launched on June 23, 2017 and is the vision-child of April Sawyer of Massachusetts. April was recently named our NEW Children's Division Director.  Within just thirty days, this initiative has enrolled over 60 children globally.

Children's Division Director Statement:

As a parent of a child with vitiligo, I've seen first-hand how different kids can be once they start to realize that not all kids have spots like they do. While there are a lot of resources online for people living with vitiligo, it's hard to find any that are geared towards children. At Pen Pal Patch, we acknowledge the need for children with vitiligo, like my 7 year old Aliya, to have connections with other people just like them; with other children from around the world who understand the trials, questions, struggles, and specialness of their lives. We couldn't think of a better way to get the kids connected than creating a group of pen pals!

What is Vitiligo Pen Pal Patch?                                                                                                         Pen Pal Patch is a program for children between the ages of 3 and 14 years old and MUST have parental permission and participation. Since its inception, we have matched children with a pen pal close to their age who they can share letters, photos and stories with. Our hope is to create life-long friendships and bonds that will be there when these kids need a person to celebrate their successes with or a shoulder to lean on.

We have created a PRIVATE facebook group for all the kids to get to know each other, so besides just having their matched pal, they'll have many new friends! While our main goal is to create friendships, our top priority is the children?s safety. The group is secret and the only members who will be accepted are parents of kids with vitiligo. Along with pen pals we have also created a BIG VIT/Lil VIT program. This is for kids 3-5 years of age that can be paired with other children over the age of 10 who can provide guidance and share their experience to children along their vitiligo journey.

Our Children?s Director will remain very active in this group and monitor interactions closely! April says: ?The days of our kids living alone and sheltered are over. Our kids with vitiligo finally have asafe place to bond with people who understand and support them the most.?

 If you have any questions about the program, please contant our Children's Director, Miss April Sawyer at:  - or -  1-844-374-3639




 2017 Pen Pal Patch

represented VITFriends

in New Jersey






Your child with Vitiligo can attend summer CAMP

  .....  It is FREE  .....

Sponsored by:  American Academy of Dermatology



RELAX with a book from our BOOK LIST:

See our list of books that are appropriate to address the issues children face with Vitiligo or any other condition. Visit your local library or purchase these books for your children. 

Visit our Web STORE or use Amazon and they will give us a donation for your purchase, 

Thank you!



For your children's reading enjoyment and as they

 returns to school, here's our Presidents

list of a books to read with your children...

 " The Key to Being Happy."


Saniyah goes to the zoo by Scott and Saniyah Dawson 

 Saniyah goes to the zoo

Dinosaur Farm: A Vitiligo Story that is Not about Vitiligo

 by Kristen Silva

Dinosaur Farm: A Vitiligo Story that is Not about Vitiligo

VITILIGO Doesn't Scare Me, by Kim Kirkland



 Snow White, by Jewel Kats


Skin Deep, by Phyllis Gilmore 


See the Special 3 BOOK DEAL on AmazonSmile 

Click here to order your copy   


Teens - "Me without You!" by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. There are a million ways of saying 'I love you and life just isn't the same without you', but none quite like this! 



 Elementary -  Children's author - Todd Parr.  This book delivers the messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format.


 Elementary -  Children's author - Lori Mitchell -(Her daughter April Mitchell has Vitiligo)April wonders why and how people are different from her and learns how they are also very much alike. 




 ALL Ages -  Children's author - Michaela DePrince - who has VitiligoShe was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, but was adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela had a dream of becoming a ballerina 



Elementary -  Children's author - The Cheltenham Elementary School.  This book celebrates the multitude of differences in our society -- at a time when understanding tolerance and diversity have never been more important.


Elmer is the story of a PATCHWORK elephant who believed the other animals were laughing at him because of his crazy patchwork coat. This is a grest read for very young children.



What is it that you WONDER about?


Introducing WONDEROPOLIS a website that both children and parents can use to ask a question or simply explore. It is a place where you can post a WONDER and get a response.


Here's VITFriends Presidents Wonder:








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