On March 22nd, 2017, a number of our new members of Vitiligo Bond, Inc. (VBI) was a part of a photo-op with our Governor, at the Capitol in Atlanta, GA.
Featured in the photo is one of our youngest members Jhori who met Governor Nathan Deal for the first time. Small acts of kindness like this can empower a child and have a lasting impact.
Vitiligo is a non-contagious auto-immune skin disorder that strips pigment from a person’s skin leaving it patchy. Every year, our Governor takes pride in standing with us. This is the 7th year of this activity.
VBI encourages its members to be proud of their skin and let their lights shine. Vitiligo has never had a Bill enacted and that is why we are proud to say that for 2017 we are working with Congress to get vitiligo recognized. There is no Federal funding for advocacy and research. Programs like Vitiligo Bond Inc are funded out of pocket by the CEO and in-kind donations.
Many of our youth and adults suffer from bullying and rejection on a daily basis. We have also had a few known suicides in our community, so it is our mission to help raise as much needed funding to continue brining about awareness of vitiligo.
The funds raised here and our GO Fund account will help support our ongoing awareness efforts and programs (self-esteem photo shoots, basketball socials, 30-city awareness tour, Vitiligo Awareness Walk, Health Fairs, Vitiligo Short Film, and more).
At the photo opportunity with our Governor, our children and adults was featured in their Vitiligo Bond’s awareness (#NotContagious #NoBullying) tees.
Lunch was provided to our members by our in-kind sponsor Outback Steakhouse by Ms. Bethea from the Stone Mountain, Georgia franchise. Thank you!
Thank you on behalf of our members.
Help spread the word to reduce the stigma & stay tuned!