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World Vitiligo Day is Wednesday, June 25

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World Vitiligo Day is Wednesday, an annual day specially dedicated to people with vitiligo.

Conceived by patients for patients, World Vitiligo Day is a truly global event that aims to increase awareness of vitiligo and raise funds needed for research and education.

Fox 2's Lee Thomas is the best selling author of "Turning White" and the International spokesperson for Vitiligo Research Foundation.

WATCH the video above to watch Thomas discuss medical advances in vitiligo treatment with Dr. Richard Huggins from Henry Ford Health Systems and Stephen Taylor, who is in the Southeast Michigan Vitiligo Support Group with Thomas.

The idea of a World Vitiligo Day was first put forward by Steve Haragadon, the founder of the Vitiligo Friends network from USA and then later developed and finalized by Ogo Maduewesi, a vitiligo patient who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation in Nigeria. In early 2012, the VR Foundation has launched the 25June campaign and the dedicated website
Over 100 million people suffer from vitiligo as a result of the social stigma and severe psychological burden that result. They are the victim of ostracism, discrimination and many lose their homes, families and livelihoods because of this disease, yet there is no cure in sight. By focusing on collaboration and education we can make a real difference in the lives of so many, and we can get closer to finding a cure.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VITILIGO:
http://www.vitiligofriends.org/
https://www.facebook.com/MI.vitiligo
http://www.leethomas.com/

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