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

Welcome to the Official Purple Polka Dot Race Give2myVBF Fundraising Page

The 2020 Purple Polka Dot Race has gone VIRTUAL!

Sign-up or create your own team to participate in the Shine Bright Challenge and compete for weekly prizes #ShineBrightPPDR 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. This August will also be our first-ever Purple Polka Dot Mini-Month of Awareness. Get ready to rock your purple on August 9th #PutOnYourPurple to join us as we raise awareness and funds to support our community.

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!

Much love – John, Jody,  Meghana & Serena Lee

About the VIRTUAL Purple Polka Dot Race

The 5th Annual Purple Polka Dot Race has gone virtual, with race day set for Sunday, August 9, 2020. Join Jody Lee, the Lee Family, and the PPDR Team for 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 all over the world find medical treatment for all vascular birthmarks, anomalies and related syndromes. Your support is more important than ever this year.

Sign-Up & Join a Team

Virtual PPDR runners can sign up to join the fun from anywhere in the world. 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 to participate in the SHINE BRIGHT challenge and #PutOnYourPurple Day on August 9th. An extra $500 will be donated to VBF in honor of the team with the most members. If you don’t have a team, we’d love for you to joinTeam VBF Board / Staff (so we can WIN our friendly competition against our rivals: Team Global Ambassadors).

Join the Shine Bright Challenge

Each week through August will be another fun challenge to mobilize our community to stay active and raise awareness for vascular birthmarks. To participate, follow the Purple Polka Dot Race and get entered into the weekly raffles by sharing a photo or video #ShineBrightPPDR.

Rock Your Purple & Get Active on Race-Day

This August will also be our first-ever Purple Polka Dot Mini-Month of Awareness! Rock your purple polka dots on August 9th, utilize the contents of your PPDR Swag Bag, and #PutOnYourPurple on the day of the race to join the fun.  Our goal is to paint the world with purple polka dots on August 9th to show the strength of our community as we raise awareness world-wide.

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Make a Gift in Meghana’s Honor

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. 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. 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