The Vascular Birthmark Foundation (VBF) along with the organizers of the Purple Polka Dot Race (PPDR) announce the 7th Annual PPDR, taking place on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Michigan.
The PPDR was created in 2016 after Jody Lee of Lake Orion, Michigan, and her family attended a VBF Conference. Their daughter, Meghana, was given an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan, and entered a supportive birthmark community. “The PPDR team continues to be humbled by the support and love we are receiving for the VBF and vascular birthmarks community,” said Jody Lee. “We are honored to be able to fundraise for the families of the VBF and will continue to focus on education and awareness throughout the community.”
Named after the “purple polka dots” associated with a Port Wine Stain (PWS) after laser treatments, the race is one of the largest events in the country for families affected by vascular birthmarks. All proceeds go to the VBF to ensure families receive fair and equal access to an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for all Vascular Birthmarks, Anomalies, and Related Syndromes (VBARS).
“Jody Lee and her family have brought awareness of vascular birthmarks to thousands of people,” said Linda Rozell-Shannon, Ph.D., President and Founder of VBF. “Through her work with the PPDR this year alone, we are able to send about 40 families to our annual Conference and Super Clinic for free and raise awareness for families in Michigan and beyond.”
This year’s race will include opportunities to learn more about vascular birthmarks and VBF. Races begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the morning. While virtual options are sold out, interested participants can still register to attend in-person until August 13 by visiting: https://eastsideracing.enmotive.com/events/register/2022-purple-polka-dot-race
Donations can also be made directly to the VBF by visiting: https://birthmark.org/ppdr
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