The May 4 event at The Crossings will benefit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.
continued Laser treatments and surgeries have helped shrink the mark and it’s now in the process of going away on its own, said Graziane.
All proceeds from the walk/run go toward a medical conference VBF holds each year in New York City. The foundation pays to send families for a free conference and free clinic appointment. It costs $500 to send one family and covers hotel, breakfast and lunch for each.
“About 20 doctors come and do lectures all morning and all afternoon we have a clinic team who sees patients,” said Rozell-Shannon. “We’ll have 100 clinic appointments in one day and they all leave with a treatment plan.”
VBF does all its work virtually, with no home base, and relies on donations and philanthropy to keep ticking. The campaign “Make a Miracle Happen” lets donor sponsor a family.
“We run on a pretty low budget for an international organization that networks a lot of people,” said Rozell-Shannon.
She also coordinates a program similar to “Operation Smile” that sends eight doctors to countries with no experts on vascular birthmarks to lecture and train and operate them.
The Kids Fun Run starts at 5:45 p.m., the 5K starts at 6 p.m. and the 1-mile walk steps off at 7