This year’s theme is to communicate hope for the future by highlighting our youngest who have been afflicted with vitiligo, as well as recent research that is bringing a wealth of new treatments just on the horizon. 

Our goal is to sound the alarm that: vitiligo is a skin disease worthy of attention, funding for research into the cause and cure of vitiligo is sorely needed, adequate coverage of proven treatments for vitiligo is a right for patients, federal and local support for patient advocacy is needed.

Join us to end the bullying, social isolation, and suffering of vitiligo patients. 


The international headquarters of the World Vitiligo Day campaign 2019 will be located in Vietnam. The President-elect is Prof. Nguyen Van Thuong, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Venereology of the National Dermatological University Hospital of Hanoi. 

The U.S. national headquarters will move to Houston, Texas. The city is the home of the Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement, a support organization for vitiligo started by Diane Wilkes-Tribitt.

Stay tuned for dates and further information.


The 7th celebration of World Vitiligo Day was held at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA on June 22nd-24th, 2018. The title for the event this year is “Children, Research, and Hope for the Future.
The UMass conference was hosted by Dr. John Harris, the Director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at UMass Medical School, and Valarie Molyneaux, the President and Founder of the VITFriends support group based in Boston, MA.  Watch the live broadcast recording on YouTube: Day 1 (4 hr. 35 min) and Day 2 (2 hr. 56 min).

Just make sure you mark June 25th next year - whether it’s in person or with a donation – World Vitiligo Day 2019 needs you! 


Why Is It Important

There are a lot of people who don't want you to stand up for your rights and demand a cure. They say vitiligo is not life threatening and not contagious, and you must embrace a life of a pariah, hiding yourself from sunlight and from the society.

Vitiligo is an under-researched disease resulting in milky white skin patches on the skin. The breadth and complexity of the disease require international collaboration in therapy development. The severity of the disease calls for national healthcare support.

So, speak up for your condition and your rights. Sign the letter to tell the UN Secretary-General that you want recognition and support. It would be appreciated if you could give every member of your family or group an opportunity for signing.

Signatures count

We have collected 502815 signatures of the target 500000 (100.56%). Now let’s get 1 million signatures!


Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. We challenge the disease of vitiligo with educational and medicinal enlightenment. We care; we educate; we advance knowledge. We are the VR Foundation.

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