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

Ava and Bella both grew up in the same small town, and even attended the same elementary school. They also each just so happened to be born with a port wine stain birthmark on their faces.

By definition, a port wine stain is a discoloration of the skin, an excess of capillaries. Sometimes port wines stains are associated with Sturge-Weber syndrome which can cause seizures and pressure within the eyes. Laser treatment can lighten the birthmark, but the procedure is painful, the bruising it causes while healing can last a while, and multiple sessions may be required to lighten the birthmark. Laser treatment can also be expensive, and most of the time, it is considered “elective”, and is not covered by insurance. Fortunately, Bella and Ava are both thriving, healthy individuals, who have simply been kissed by an angel.

Many people – both friends and strangers – have asked “what is on your face”? Growing up can be difficult, and both kids and adults can be mean, especially if you appear different than most. These are two bold and beautiful girls coming forward to help educate and create awareness within their local and national community.

Sign the VBF’s Anti-Bullying Pledge in honor of Ava and Bella, and be sure to #PutOnYourBirthmark by drawing a heart on your cheek for the international day of awareness for vascular birthmarks on May 15. Sign the VBF’s Anti-Bullying Pledge

May 15th will be the team’s 2nd year celebrating the VBF International Day of Awareness for Vascular Birthmarks. In addition to providing outreach and informational materials to families seeking support, VBF has both national and international conferences every year on the latest in research & treatment methods, and to support families who are in need of medical support.

Please consider making a contribution to VBF’s awareness mission in honor of Ava and Bella, two bold and beautiful girls who have joined together to celebrate their uniqueness and educate people.

Bold & Beautiful Birthmarks: Ava & Bella’s Story

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