The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Nicholas Barinaga, United States (US), Washington

Shortly after I was born my parents noticed a birthmark appearing across the right side of my face, eyelid and scalp. I was diagnosed with a segmental hemangioma. My mother found the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation and researched all the options for my care. At 4 months old I started laser surgeries at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

I continued with laser treatments at Seattle Children’s Hospital until just before my 3rd birthday, I had a final laser treatment at Beckman Laser Institute in California.

Even though I don’t remember my birthmark journey, I am so grateful for the VBF and the resources they provide to families. I enjoy volunteering at the VBF conferences. I want to help spread awareness and be supportive of others with vascular birthmark stories.