The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Thank you to all who participated in the 7th Annual Purple Polka Dot Race! The event was a success with more than 800 participants! Thank you for joining us at the event, for participating virtually or for donating. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to all who tagged us in their videos and photos from such a day to remember! Watch the quick photo reel of some the highlights.

If you have been with us the past six years, then you already know our birthmark story. If you are new to us, here is the short version:

Our kind and strong daughter, Meghana, was born on March 4, 2015. She arrived absolutely perfect – dark brown eyes, a full head of hair and a special birthmark on her right cheek and chin! We found out months later that the special birthmark was called a port wine stain (PWS) – a kind of vascular birthmark. Our journey for answers and advice landed us at the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF). Not only did the VBF provide us with the knowledge base for making educated medical decisions for our daughter, but also with a sense of community and moral/emotional support, unlike any other. Meghana is currently receiving laser treatments for her PWS, which cause her to have temporary purple polka dots on her face. Our mission is to educate our community, raise awareness and encourage acceptance for everyone out there who are also sporting their very own “purple polka dots”!Thank you all for your continued love, support and understanding!

Much love – John, Jody, Meghana & Serena Lee
Contact: purplepolkadotrace@gmail.com

Purple Polka Dot Race
Purple Polka Dot Race

All of the funds raised by the Purple Polka Dot Race go directly to the VBF. We know it will be put to good use! We don’t know how else to say it and it sounds so simple, but THANK YOU VBF! We don’t know where would be without you!

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Purple Polka Dot Race

The 7th Annual Purple Polka Dot Race will take place on August 14, 2022 at Stony Creek Metropark - Eastwood Beach in Shelby Twp, MI. The proceeds of this event go to support the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) helping families in Michigan and all over the world find medical treatment and community support for those who have vascular birthmarks.

Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to sign up for either a 5K Run/Walk, a Quarter Marathon Run or a Family Fun Run!

**We will continue to follow all local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 so stay tuned to our website and/or social media for important updates throughout the year leading up to the event.


Timeline for August 14, 2022

  • Packet Pick-Up In Person 5K/Quarter Marathon: Starting at 7:15 am
  • 5K/Quarter Marathon Open Start: Starting from 8 am - 8:10 am*
  • *athletes can come to the start line between 8 am and 8:10 am to start their event.
  • Packet Pick-Up In Person 5K/Quarter Marathon Handcycle: 8:15 am
  • 5K/Quarter Marathon Handcycle Start: 8:30 am
  • Packet Pick-Up Family Fun Run: Starting at 9:30 am
  • Family Fun Run Start: 

    -Heat 1:  10:00 am start
    -Heat 2:  10:30 am start 

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