World Vitiligo Day
World Vitiligo Day is celebrated on June 25 of every year. The World Vitiligo Day is observed to increase global awareness about Vitiligo Disease, a frequent and often disfiguring skin disease which can have a significant adverse social and psychological effect on patients, in part because of various misconceptions still present in several regions of the world.
“If God wanted me to be black, I’d be black. If God wanted me to be white, I’d be white. But he chose for me to be both and original. So I guess that’s the way I’m supposed to be.” – Winnie Harlow
History of World Vitiligo Day
Steve Hargadon, the creator of the Vitiligo Friends networks, created the World Vitiligo Day to create broad awareness on vitiligo and a day dedicated to all living with vitiligo globally. On June 25, 2011, the first World Vitiligo Day was first observed. Vitiligo is an acquired disease identified by skin depigmentation, due to destruction or malfunction of melanocytes (cells which produce melanin). The June 25 was chosen as a memorial to Michael Jackson, musical artist who suffered from Vitiligo from 1986 to his death (June 25, 2009). The first World Vitiligo Day observed at Silverbird Galleria’s Atrium in Lagos, Nigeria, with the participation of several volunteers with several kinds of experiences like dermatologists, motivational speakers, dancers, artists, comedians, patients and much more. They are all joined by the common goal of increasing knowledge about Vitiligo. On 2012, VRF (Vitiligo Research Foundation), a nonprofit organization which aims to fund and fast-track medical analysis as well as connect investigators, care providers, philanthropists, patients, to accelerate vitiligo research and relieves the suffering of patients.
Other Celebrations on June 25
June 25 is also celebrated as
- Color TV Day
- National Strawberry Parfait Day
- National Catfish Day
- Global Beatles Day
- Please Take My Children To Work Day
How to Celebrate World Vitiligo Day
Celebrating the World Vitiligo Day is quite easy and very simple to remember. Read more about the Vitiligo disease and its prevention methods. Spread awareness among the peoples about the Vitiligo disease and its prevention methods. You can also use the hashtag #WorldVitiligoDay to spread awareness on social media’s.