Ask the Founder
VBF Announces "Ask The VBF Founder." Linda Rozell-Shannon is the leading lay expert (non doctor) in the world on the subject of vascular birthmarks.
Babies with Birthmarks™
Our newest program - guidelines for physicians to follow to diagnose and treat vascular birthmarks with the earliest intervention.
Recent Medical Papers and Research
Welcome to the India Chapter of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, VBF India! NEW
Every year in the United States, 40,000 children are born with a vascular birthmark, 85% of which are in the head and neck area. Statistics show us that the incidence is the same in other countries. These birthmarks include:
No one knows why vascular birthmarks occur, but treatment guidelines are changing.
Volunteer for VBF India
VBF India needs a medical director for answering medical questions
Medical Directors should know how to diagnose and treat vascular
Medical Directors will be listed on the website with a photo and bio
VBF India President Kalpana
Welcome to VBF India. I am Kalpana, born and brought up in Delhi, India. I was a patient of a vascular malformation - Hemangioma and for a long time of my life, I had to live with that deformity. It affected the whole right side of my face including my eye, ear, nose, and neck. Being a girl and growing up in India, it became a sort of stigma for me. I didn't know that I deserved a better life. But, at the age of 25, I found the treatment and went through a very difficult but very memorable and beautiful phase of my life, undergoing several laser and reconstructive surgeries in the USA by some very highly specialized doctors like Dr. Waner, Dr. Shewmake, and Dr. David Wilkes. It brought a total turnaround in my life and in the lives of people related to me. God did a miracle in my life and now I have asked Him to use me for his purpose.
This website and my life is dedicated to all those people who helped me and supported me during that phase and to all those people whose lives will be changed for better through VBF India under leadership of Linda Shanon, executive director, from who I have learned lessons in faith, courage and hope.
VBF India Patient Representative
Name: Upasana Roy
You can contact Upasana for assistance in your native language and have your question or concern forwarded to the appropriate contact.
I believe we who are born with hardships have been chosen for greater deeds in life. If God has given us complexities, He has also given us the power to rise out of complexities. It is with this belief that I start my days, and this is the belief that has been steering me through most of my adult life. My name is Upasana, and I was born in the city of Kolkata. I am a patient of hemangioma for the last 24 years, and through different surgeries and medications, I am now on the verge of living a normal life. I work in a multinational in New Delhi and have been living in this fast-paced city for the last three years.
VBF Launches Day of Awareness - We need 25 families
Thank you for your support of VBF and the VBF International Day of Awareness.
Many of you have participated every year, since its inception on May 15, 2004. Families and individuals have hosted annual bake sales; garage sales; sold stickers, bears and bracelets; celebrated a birthday by hosting a party for VBF; were featured in newspaper and magazine articles and local television news programs – the list goes on…
There is really no proper way to thank each and every one of you for support, and for raising awareness of vascular birthmarks and the associated syndromes and conditions. VBF has one amazing support network.
As you know, the downturn in the US economy has had an impact on all aspects of life, including charitable giving. Donations to VBF are down 40 percent, while the free services VBF provides to patients and families have continued to increase. For this reason, your continued support of Day of Awareness is more vital than ever.
If you haven’t participated in VBF Day of Awareness, please join the VBF family of tradition and giving by hosting an event in your community: http://www.birthmark.org/awareness
It’s never too early to plan your event! Visit the VBF Day of Awareness website today to register your event, or for ideas on how you can help. Here are some helpful links to get you started:
Remember, May 15 is Day of Awareness, but events can be held any time during the year.
THANK YOU VBF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS!
Port Wine Stains: Clearance, Cure, and Recurrence
What if the VBF earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Now it can! GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine, with a unique social mission. Every time you use GoodSearch, money is generated to support the mission of VBF. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation as the charity you want to support. The more people who use this site, the more money we'll earn so please spread the word! Go to http://www.goodsearch.comIf you think your child has a hemangioma Click Here.
Chapters of the VBF
Anomalie Vasculaire Site for French speakers worldwide, and friend of VBF that offers support and information about vascular birthmarks
Publications for Parents:
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