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

Welcome to the Official Purple Polka Dot Race Michigan Give2myVBF Fundraising Page!

The 2020 Purple Polka Dot Race has gone completely VIRTUAL!

The PPDR event is held every year and benefits the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation. The official PPDR and #PutOnYourPurple Day will take place on August 9, 2020.

Meghana’s Story

Presented by her supermom & PPD Founder, Jody

John and Meghana Lee

We are so excited to be entering our 5th year of the Purple Polka Dot Race! If you have been with us the past four years, then you already know our birthmark story. If you are new to us, here is the short version:

Our kind and strong daughter, Meghana, was born on March 4, 2015. She arrived absolutely perfect – dark brown eyes, a full head of hair and a special birthmark on her right cheek and chin!

We found out months later that the special birthmark was called a port wine stain (PWS) – a kind of vascular birthmark. Our journey for answers and advice landed us at the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF).  Not only did the VBF provide us with the knowledge base for making educated medical decisions for our daughter, but also with a sense of community and moral/emotional support, unlike any other.

Meghana is currently receiving laser treatments for her PWS, which cause her to have temporary purple polka dots on her face. Our mission is to educate our community, raise awareness and encourage acceptance for everyone out there who are also sporting their very own “purple polka dots”!

All of the funds raised by the Purple Polka Dot Race go directly to the VBF.  We know it will be put to good use! We don’t know how else to say it and it sounds so simple, but THANK YOU VBF! We don’t know where would be without you!

Thank you all for your continued love, support and understanding! See you in August!

Much love – John, Jody,  Meghana & Serena Lee

About the Purple Polka Dot Race – Michigan

This year, the 5th Annual Purple Polka Dot Race will be virtual and will take place on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

Join Jody Lee, the Lee Family, and the entire PPD Team at this family event to honor Jody’s daughter Meghana, who was born with a port wine stain, and to raise funds for VBF to help families in Michigan and all over the world find medical treatment for vascular birthmarks.

Registration options include the popular competitive 5k and family fun run options! Virtual PPDR runners can also sign up to join the fun from anywhere in the world. Also new this year is the option to create your very own virtual PPDR team, which can be done right from the registration link. Ask your family and friends to join your team, or join an existing team, to honor a loved one, raise awareness, and be eligible for some fun awareness incentives this August. Be sure to register early to get the best pricing and secure your awesome VIRTUAL RACER event-tech T-shirt.

This August will also be our first-ever Purple Polka Dot Mini-Month of Awareness! Rock your purple polka dots, utilize the contents of your PPDR Swag Bag, and #PutOnYourPurple on the day of the race to join the fun! Look out for fun awareness challenges and compete for prizes beginning mid July through the end of August as we raise awareness world-wide with the VBF Purple Polka Dot Race Family for the 5th Annual PPDR Movement, which honors those with all vascular birthmarks, anomalies and related syndromes.

What’s New this year?

Along with being a completely virtual event this year, the Purple Polka Dot Race is proud to team up with Running to Honor 5K to offer participants a combo deal for a great price. If you are interested in registering for two great events please check out the site below!

This is the only link you can use to register for both events:

For complete details about the PPD Race, or to sign-up for the Race or Family Fun Run, please visit these links:

Make a Gift in Meghana’s Honor

You can use this page to make a direct donation to VBF  to support the PPD Team’s goal of raising awareness and funds for the VBF’s mission through the Purple Polka Dot Race. Together, we can paint the country with purple polka dots!

100% of donations will go towards VBF’s non-profit mission of serving the 1 in 10 born worldwide with all kinds of vascular birthmarks, anomalies and syndromes. All of the money raised from this page and the Purple Polka Dot Race will go directly to the VBF’s public mission. The VBF is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, mobilizes medical missions trips, and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with birthmarks.

On behalf of Jody, John, Meghana, Serena, the PPD Team, and VBF, we thank you sincerely for supporting our mission ! ! !

Our Goal $20000.00