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5 Things to Know About the 2017 World Vitiligo Day U.S. Celebration

With registration for the 2017 World Vitiligo Day U.S. celebration now open, we want to make sure you have the details that can get you to Detroit this summer. Here’s what you need to know.

You Can Expect to Hear from Leading Dermatologists and Advocates at the 3-Day Event

The 2017 celebration of World Vitiligo Day will be held just outside of Detroit, Michigan starting Friday, June 23 and ending on the recognized day of Sunday, June 25. As guests arrive on Friday there will be a check-in from 6-8 p.m. where attendees can also pick up World Vitiligo Day t-shirts and enjoy light refreshments. Saturday features a full day of speakers that will address the face, voice and science of vitiligo. The day will culminate with a banquet dinner and dance. The closing ceremony will be held over brunch on Sunday morning. For those bringing children, a “Children’s Space” will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The full schedule of events and speakers is available at http://www.wvddetroit2017.com/weekend-happenings.

You are Being Called to “Step Up for Vitiligo” This Year

Reflecting the mission of the “Step Up for Vitiligo” campaign that came out of the Vitiligo Working Group’s 2016 campaign for awareness, the 2017 conference event theme will encourage the vitiligo community to take action in raising awareness around the condition. Attendees will hear from leading dermatologists and vitiligo advocates on how to take action for the vitiligo community. You can also find a list of 10 things you can do today to “step up” for vitiligo at http://www.wvddetroit2017.com/stepup4vitiligo.

You Can Register for the World Vitiligo Day Conference Online

The World Vitiligo Day conference fee is $130, which includes refreshments on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, a World Vitiligo Day t-shirt and a gift bag. The fee does not include hotel accommodations. Children ages 5-11 have a reduced fee of $85, which includes refreshments on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, a World Vitiligo Day t-shirt. The children’s fee also includes a spot in the Children’s Space, a designated area for children to be managed by early childcare educators during the Saturday conference events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online by filling out the registration form and using the PayPal link to pay the conference fee at http://www.wvddetroit2017.com/what-does-it-all-cost.

You Can Book the Designated Conference Hotel at a Special Event Rate Online

The designated hotel for the conference is the Westin Hotel Southfield/Detroit, located in Southfield, just outside of Detroit, Michigan. By booking the hotel through the World Vitiligo Day website, you can get the discounted event rate of $109 for a double room and $99 for a king room. The rate is only available through June 1, 2017.

Book your hotel room online by visiting http://www.wvddetroit2017.com/what-does-it-all-cost and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

You Can Make a Donation to World Vitiligo Day

The purpose of World Vitiligo Day is to bring together the many people who have this disease and to share stories, raise awareness, learn about research efforts to find a cure, and to demonstrate how important government funding is to research and treatments. Donations help the conference cover financial obligations to the event site and vendors. To make a donation to the conference via PayPal, visit http://www.wvddetroit2017.com/donate-only.

Questions about the World Vitiligo Day conference? Email vstrongdetroit@gmail.com.

Photo by Instagram user @celeasarah.

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Erika Page

Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.

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