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

Get your state on the map with our Buddy Booby’s Birthmark March Madness Tournament, share a copy of the book with a physician, or host a Read Along #IReadBuddy any day of the year to help raise awareness for vascular birthmarks!

Note that we are only able to process domestic, U.S. orders due to the prohibitive cost of international shipping.

About Buddy Booby’s Birthmark

Buddy is VBF’s official mascot with a port wine stain on his beak.

VBF acquired the rights to Buddy Booby, the booby bird featured in the wonderful children’s book “Buddy Booby’s Birthmark.” This is an amazing story of a booby bird named Buddy and his birthmark. It teaches tolerance, acceptance and sacrifice. Thousands of children all over the world have read this book and have fallen in love with Buddy.

The Story Behind the Story

Mother and son authors Donna and Evan Ducker wrote the book in 2006. Evan was born with a facial port wine birthmark, and was inspired to write the story when he was unable to find a book that addressed the issues facing children with birthmarks. He has a great interest in animals and chose the red-footed booby bird of the Galapagos Islands as the main character. Buddy was born with a birthmark on his beak, and the story is based on their personal experiences.

“I guess I just wanted kids with birthmarks, like me, to have a book with a character they could relate to,” says Evan. “I think people who read it will get a better idea of what we (kids with birthmarks) go through every day.”

About the Read-Along

The first Buddy Booby’s Birthmark Read-Along was launched during the 2006 VBF International Day of Awareness. The Read-Along traditionally takes place in May every year, but the book can be celebrated as an awareness event any day throughout the year. The book has been read aloud in hundreds of classrooms, as well as libraries, bookstores, story times, club meetings, and children’s hospitals. Parents and doctors often donate copies of the book to local organizations.

Mary Ann of Mensha, a teacher in Wisconsin shared, “I also have a port wine stain on my face. It is VERY similar to the author’s. My students are used to me, but the story opened up some discussions that we hadn’t had before.”

Get Your State on the Map: Read it / Donate it
You can help us share his message of tolerance, acceptance and hope in all 50 states this year!

Buddy’s message of tolerance, acceptance, and hope has been shared this year with families in the following states: AZ, CO, KY, MN, NY, TN, TX, and WA. These states are not yet on the map: AR, DE, GA, IA, KS, LA, ME, MT, ND, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, and WV.

Those in the continental U.S. can make a minimum donation to receive two books, one to read and one to donate. Get your state on the map today.

Physician Read Along

We are asking physicians in our network to make a donation to VBF and in exchange you will receive a supply of the Buddy Booby Birthmark Book. You can give them away to children with birthmarks or just leave them in your waiting room for children to read.

For a donation of $100, we will send you 5 soft cover books; for a donation of $200, we will send you 5 soft cover and 5 hard cover books; and, for a donation of $500, we will send you 15 soft cover and 15 hard cover books.

Your donation is win/win. We receive a donation to continue our work, your patients can read the book for free in your waiting room or you can gift them, and you will be helping us to make a difference. Get your book today by contacting us.