The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Gabriella Lopez, United States (US), Illinois

Hi everyone! My name is Gabriella Lopez. I was born with a predominant Hemangioma on the left side of my face spanning from the top of my head down to my lower cheek. I underwent my first laser treatment at 1 month old and had 10 more up until the age of 13. Growing up with a facial vascular birthmark certainly had its challenges, from being bullied to withstanding countless stares and points from children and adults, I learned at an early age what it was like to be singled out. However, now at the age of 26, I find my birthmark to be a blessing. It has made me who I am today, and I could not be more grateful for that.

Coming from a different background you hold so many unique experiences, and it’s important to remind yourself just how valuable and powerful those experiences are and that with any hardship or obstacle you have encountered, you are capable and can conquer that much more. As a global ambassador I hope to spread awareness on vascular birthmarks and advocate for those with birthmarks as they learn to love and embrace who they are.