NVFI VOLUNTEERS ARE UNPAID NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE WORTHLESS
BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE PRICELESS
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Heather Marsh - 2011
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.
Dhanya Chandramohan - 2009
Dhanya Chandramohan personifies how having vitiligo need not hinder your dreams. She is a talented and bright high school senior in Bridgewater, NJ. One of her many passions in life is a form of traditional Indian folk dance, Bharatnatyam. She has spent many years developing her talent in this beautiful art form. Last fall, Dhanya developed and performed a one-woman dance recital as a fund raiser for the National Vitiligo Foundation. This event raised nearly $4000 to help support research towards finding a cure.
Maggie Hargrow - 2008
Maggie's life was changed when she went to the National Vitiligo Conference in Fall 2007. In her own words, “Before I went to the conference, I felt isolated and cut off from the rest of the world. But when I walked in and saw people just like me, it was like that covering of fear and self-loathing had been scraped off. It gave me the confidence to come out of hiding, and reminded me that each day is one more beautiful day that God has given me to do something with my life. I try to think positively now and do more to conquer my fears.”
During the subsequent vitiligo conference in October 2008, Maggie volunteered extensively to facilitate the success of the meeting. In addition to an invitational video, on site registration of people for the conference and providing a keynote lecture, she also gave every attendee she saw a big smile and hug. “Unlike vitiligo, smiles and positive feelings are contagious. I can’t wait to spread them to other people like me!”