The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD President and Founder

Presenting our Vascular Birthmark Awareness Spotlight:

Jody & John Lee, the Lee Family, and the Purple Polka Dot Team

We are proud to highlight an exceptional advocate for Vascular Birthmarks awareness in our VBF Awareness Spotlight

Jody and John Lee founded the Purple Polka Dot Race (PPDR) in 2015 to honor their daughter Meghana who was born with 10 fingers, 10 toes and a special birthmark on her cheek and chin that they later found out was a port wine stain (PWS). VBF was there to provide the Lee Family not only with answers to some of their questions, but also with a sense of community and support system unlike any other. Their sweet and sassy little girl receives laser treatments for her PWS, which cause her to have temporary purple polka dots on her face. Their mission is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance for all those out there who are also sporting their very own “purple polka dots”!

Four years later, the annual PPD run at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Michigan has a HUGE following of dedicated supporters – both virtual and in-person, and has transformed into one of the largest and most successful national events held to raise awareness and funds for vascular birthmarks. The PPD team also hosts mini fundraising events throughout the year, such as Yoga & Brunch, Paint Nights and Exercise Classes to continue the awareness tradition.

Through their fundraising and advocacy efforts, Jody and her team has sponsored hundreds of families to attend our annual conference & clinic for free, changing the lives of countless individuals and harboring a community unlike any other. Jody is also a cherished member of our VBF Board of Directors.

VBF is inspired by the Lee’s family’s dedication to our shared mission and is profoundly grateful for all they’ve done for VBF and our entire birthmark community.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for August 11, 2019 for the 4th Annual Purple Polka Dot Race and Family Fun Run. 


Join the 2019 PPDR Festivities


Are you interested in hosting a Run / Walk for VBF? Our goal is to have a virtual Purple Polka Dot team in all 50 states and throughout the world.  Get started on our VBF Walk / Run page.