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  • Vitiligo is not contagious
  • Vitiligo does not discriminate
  • Vitiligo affects millions of people worldwide
  • Anyone at any time in his or her life can acquire vitiligo

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The American Vitiligo Foundation



This year the AVRF will hold a swim-a-thon at Sand Key Beach. Everyone registered for our 2016 Vitiligo Retreat is invited to join our children’s swim. Everyone registered for our 2016 Vitiligo Retreat is invited to join our children’s swim-a-thon for “Vitiligo Awareness.” We have rented shelter #2, so come join us on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 1:15 pm until?? I will be handing out brochures that define vitiligo at the beach to help raise vitiligo awareness. There will also be a picnic, compliments of the AVRF for all our attendees. 

If you would like to sponsor our children who will be swimming on behalf of the vitiligo community (and proudly displaying their skin), please click on the link below and make your tax-deductible donation. On behalf of our children and myself thank you!! 



Donate To The AVRF Vitiligo Awareness Swim-A-Thon


Help AVRF Adopt Nicholas for our 2016 Retreat!


I am elated to update everyone that the AVRF is going to adopt "Nicholas the Dolphin" one of the residents at the Clearwater Aquarium in Clearwater, FL. 

Nicholas lives with "Winter the Dolphin" the star from "A Dolphin Tale." One thing Nicholas shares with the vitiligo community is that he too has white spots. Last year at our 2015 retreat the AVRF children visited with Nicholas and learned a lot about his life. After our retreat I met with the staff from the aquarium and made arrangements for the AVRF to adopt Nicholas for 2 years. The adoption will cost the AVRF $2,500 but  the benefits are more than I could even ask or imagine. They are going to place a sign on the premises where people visiting the aquarium can learn about vitiligo. Close to 800 thousand people from different parts of the world visit the aquarium each year. What awareness!

Next year at our retreat we will be presenting the aquarium a check in the amount of $2,500 for 2 years exposure. That means we will have access to close to 1.5 million people. We will be on the news, newspapers and other venues. I do not want to write where we will advertise until it is locked in. 

If you would like to make a donation in any amount, please do so using the Paypal button below. 

I have made my donation and hope you will all join me to make this one of our biggest awareness programs to date.

Thanks, Stella


AVRF and Vitiligo in the News!

9 Reasons Why Your Skin is Changing Color

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"Embracing Diversity" bracelets are available to help raise Vitiligo awareness. What better way to help raise awareness than by advertising? The words “Embracing Diversity” are on the bracelets along with our website address www.avrf.org

The AVRF chose "Diversity" instead of "Vitiligo" since most everyone is familiar with diversity. One word that best defines diversity is “differences.” Each of us is different, and when people ask me about my skin I show them my bracelet and ask them to visit our website. Once they visit our site, then they will learn about Vitiligo.

If you are interested in getting some bracelets, please click on the following link and donate $20.00 on Pay Pal for 10 bracelets. Shipping and handling are included. Bracelets are available only in the Continental US. For those of you who have children and are interested, we do have children's sizes. If you do not wish to go to Pay Pal, then you may send a check payable to “AVRF Bracelets.” Mail your check to:

PO Box 7540
Clearwater, FL 33758

Be sure to specify if you want children sizes. If you do not specify, then we will send all adult sizes. Please post something on your check that your donation is for bracelets. This is a great way to help our children and also those of us who have vitiligo.


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