Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Hemangiomas  |  Port Wine Stains  |  Vascular Malformations  
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1994 - 2018

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder
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UPDATE! Alonso's mom shares a heartfelt letter to mothers in Mexico

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My nephew Alonso lives in Mexico City surrounded by loving family (my sister Gaby, her husband and daughter) and friends. He loves horses, acting, and he also happens to have a Port Wine Stain on his face. 


Every year around May 15th for the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation's Day of Awareness, Alonso's family and friends put on a birthmark for the day to show how much they want to support Alonso's journey through life with a facial birthmark. 


This year, I decided I want to do more. So, my husband Hamish, my friend Mark and I are BIKING FOR ALONSO from London to Paris in 24 hours! We hope to raise money for the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation and increase awareness of vascular birthmarks throughout England and France.


Depart: 27 July 2017 from Marble Arch in London. 
Route: London-Newhaven 90km; then 5 hour ferry at midnight to Dieppe; then 150km to Paris. 
Total distance: 250km. 
Time: 24 hours. 
Confirmed cyclists: 7

   (The other 4 people are cycling to raise funds for research on a neurological condition called Transverse Myelitis.)


It's going to be a brutal ride, but that's nothing compared to 24 hours in the life of a child with a vascular birthmark.  When I think of all the challenges my sweet Alonso has to overcome on a daily basis, I am humbled and inspired.  We want to make sure that every family from the United Kingdom to Mexico from Canada to across Europe know that there is hope. 


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