The Purple Polka Dot 5k Walk/Run Raises over $22,000 for VBF

The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation would like to thank John and Jody Lee, organizers of the 2nd annual Purple Polka Dot 5k Walk/Run held on Sunday, August 13th, at the Stony Creek Metropark/Eastwood Beach, Shelby Twp, Michigan.  The race was established by the Lees in honor of their daughter Meghana, who has a port wine stain vascular birthmark. The Purple Polka Dot Race (named for the dots that appear on the skin following a laser treatment) is an annual 5k Walk/Run, Family Fun Run and Virtual Run to benefit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation. Jody is also a board member of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation and we could not be prouder to have her as a part of our family. Jody created this fantastic event not only to raise money for VBF, but also to raise awareness about the need for the early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for all vascular birthmarks.


This year’s walk/run was a resounding success. Not only did the event raise over $22,000, but it also raised awareness and brought families affected by a vascular birthmark together for support.  In addition, Dr. Jeff Orringer, from the University of Michigan, and Meghana’s birthmark treatment specialist, attended the event, offering complimentary consultation advice to affected families.


There were over 325 registrants at this year’s event, nearly doubling last year’s total.


The money raised will enable families from all over the world to attend our annual conference for free. PAY IT FORWARD, like the Lee family. Michigan has it’s Purple Polka Dot Race that benefits the VBF, why not start one in your state? Join the team at VBF. For more information, contact Jody at


Once again, a HUMONGOUS thank you to the Lee family and every volunteer, sponsor, walker, runner, and anyone else who made this day a huge success.


Dr. Linda


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