Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Please join me in designating and celebrating October 17, 2018, as “National Vitiligo Awareness Day.” As a member of the Vitiligo community, it is especially important to me to provide this recognition for others also affected by this condition.
The American Academy of Dermatology characterizes Vitiligo by the loss of color in one’s skin, resulting in patches of lighter colored areas. Vitiligo can appear on any part of one’s body, and has fairly invasive effects. About 50 million people worldwide
are diagnosed with Vitiligo, and about 150,000 people in United States are treated for it annually. This condition may have-life altering affects, and can result in low self-esteem and depression. It is essential that we illuminate the need for further research
and understanding for the Vitiligo community, in order to lessen the drastic nature of its affects.
World Vitiligo Day is established on June 25 each year, however, selecting a national day will provide support for individuals diagnosed with Vitiligo, and lead to a better quality of life. Join me, the America Vitiligo Research Foundation, and the Vitiligo
Bond, in supporting H.Res. 213, so that we can designate October 17, 2018, as “National Vitiligo Awareness Day”, and improve the lives of those affected by Vitiligo.
If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation, please contact Robin Chand in my office at
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