My name is Morgan Putbrese. I am 22 years old and I have klippel-trenaunay syndrome (KTS), which affects my left leg from buttock to knee with a vascular malformation. I also have lymphatic involving muscles, bone, and nerve. Although I face daily complications with this, I still serve my community as a first responder, and I compete as an adaptive athlete in CrossFit.
When my condition progressed, I came across VBF and got in touch with doctors and fellow people with my condition. Seeing the VBF Global Ambassador stories inspired me to develop the approach I have with my condition and that is why I believe strongly that I was born with this condition so I can bring awareness and show the world:
“If I can, you can too.”
For the VBF International Month of Awareness in May, I have set a goal to swim 30 MILES – 1 mile a day – to raise awareness for vascular birthmarks and KTS. The VBF KTS Medical Expert encourages regular exercise – in particular swimming, which promotes a gentle stimulation of blood to circulate properly throughout the body.
Please join my Swim4VBF Challenge this May. You can set your own achievable swimming goal to swing along with me in support of vascular birthmarks awareness.
You can also contribute or ask for contributions to this page to support my Swim4VBF. My goal is $500 to sponsor a family to attend a VBF Conference and Clinic, where they can receive FREE laser treatment, clinical advice, meals, lodging and so much more.
Check back on this page to monitor my progress all month long in May, and keep us posted with your Swim4VBF goal for May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: As of May 7, Morgan has completed 7 MILES OF SWIMMING FOR VBF! We are so proud of her progress and thank you for supporting her efforts.