The National Vitiligo Foundation depends on the generosity and passion of its volunteers to enable implementation of our important work of increasing awareness worldwide, providing patient resources and supporting research for vitiligo.
In recognition of those members who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to the Foundation and to the lives of others with vitiligo, we have created this Volunteer of the Year page. As you read about these people and their lives, we hope you will be touched and inspired by what they have accomplished. Join NVFI in celebrating our heroes!
While Heather does not have vitiligo herself, she has seen firsthand how skin diseases such as vitiligo hurt the self-esteem and well-being of children, close friends, and even her husband (who has vitiligo). Being a teacher, Heather cares a great deal about other people and their success, and this motivates her to be an active volunteer for the Foundation. There is a good chance that the mailings you have received from the NVF were put together by her own hands.
Maria is a mother of two sons, both diagnosed with vitiligo. She is very passionate about awareness of this disease.
Maria successfully petitioned New Jersey Governor Corzine to proclaim the month of April 2008 Vitiligo Awareness Month. She held an educational forum at Wayne Hills High School for over 350 freshman students, and also a Meet and Greet in East Windsor, NJ for patients and their families. Most recently, she organized a walk for vitiligo awareness across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Maria has pledged her commitment to this cause and makes an appeal to those with vitiligo, their families and friends to get involved.