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Hemangioma - informacje
Naczyniak „Plama wina port“-
informacje (Port Wine Stain, naevus flammeus)
Znieksztalcenie zylne- informacja
Every year in the United States, 40,000 children are born with a vascular
birthmark, 85% of which are in the head and neck area. Statistics show
us that the incidence is the same in other countries. These birthmarks
No one knows why vascular birthmarks occur, but treatment guidelines
Cause of Port Wine Stain/SWS Identified in Recent Study
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Medical News: Hemangiomas Erased With Propranolol
The Vascular Birthmark Foundation's
2010 “Mark of Beauty” Gala
And the 2010 Vascular Birthmarks Conference with Dr. Roy Geronemus and
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York
A Huge Success
Friday evening October 8, 2010 was a beautiful night in NYC for our 2nd Mark of Beauty Gala. The weather was perfect, the music (songs by our own soloists and the cast from Wanda’ s World) was amazing, there were over 220 in attendance and we were able to sponsor a number of families for our next conference due to the net proceeds from the event. Everyone commented that it was an incredible experience. We were also thrilled to announce that we have reached over 50,000 families who have been networked into treatment since 1994.
VBF was proud to announce that Dr. Gregory Levitin was honored as our 2010 Physician of the Year at our gala. In addition, our 2010 Service Awards were presented to: Saige Cavayero (VBF Student Rep), Dr. Geronemus’ s staff at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY, Donna and Evan Ducker for their Buddy Booby Read-a-Thon, and Dr. Geronemus was presented with the Buddy Booby Award for his outreach to children and adults with birthmarks all over the world.
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VBF Launches Day of Awareness - We need 25 families
Thank you for your support of VBF and the VBF International Day of Awareness.
Many of you have participated every year, since its inception on May 15, 2004.
Families and individuals have hosted annual bake sales; garage sales; sold stickers,
bears and bracelets; celebrated a birthday by hosting a party for VBF; were
featured in newspaper and magazine articles and local television news programs
– the list goes on…
There is really no proper way to thank each and every one of you for support,
and for raising awareness of vascular birthmarks and the associated syndromes
and conditions. VBF has one amazing support network.
As you know, the downturn in the US economy has had an impact on all aspects
of life, including charitable giving. Donations to VBF are down 40 percent,
while the free services VBF provides to patients and families have continued
to increase. For this reason, your continued support of Day of Awareness is
more vital than ever.
If you haven’t participated in VBF Day of Awareness, please join the
VBF family of tradition and giving by hosting an event in your community: http://www.birthmark.org/awareness
with birthmarks have met this challenge by becoming active participants in raising
awareness. Saige Cavayero, now in college, serves on the VBF Board and designed
and sold bracelets for Day of Awareness. Saige also designed a poster to highlight
the 2010 awareness campaign.
Elizabeth Peters sold stickers for a “Wall of Fame”, Gabriella
Gomillion donated her own toys to sell and raise funds, Laura and Heather Toulson
hosted a lemonade stand, Evan Ducker wrote a book that launched the “Buddy
Booby’s Birthmark International Read-Along”, and Owen Dreger hosted
a read-along at his school: complete with a play performed by a class at his
VBF President and Founder, Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, along with VBF Executive
Assistant Basia Joyce, VBF Office Manager Lauren Palmateer and VBF Board member
Lianne Chase, are organizing the second annual VBF 5K Run/Walk in New York.
VBF Board members Danielle Vlahos and Rose Shea will host a walk/run in Boston.
VBF Board member and wife of VBF Expert Dr. Stuart Nelson, Peggy Nelson, is
hosting a wine tasting event in California along with Peter Zellner and Lauri
Annual awareness participants include: VBF Board members Brian and Natalie
Bolinger, hosts of the Texas Hold ‘Em and Auction; Jan and Andrew Dreger
(Owen’s parents) host Campbell’s Boat House for VBF at their family
restaurant; Robin Houwman sells pendants to raise funds for VBF and other birthmark
VBF would also like to acknowledge the support of members like Jill and Paul
Brown whose daughter Aslynn underwent surgery for a massive hemangioma, and
VBF Honorary Chairs Frank and Barbara Catalanotto whose daughter Morgan had
a hemangioma. Like so many parents of children with birthmarks, their efforts
on behalf of VBF are outstanding.
It’s never too early to plan your event! Visit the VBF Day of Awareness
website today to register your event, or for ideas on how you can help. Here
are some helpful links to get you started:
· VBF Day of Awareness website: http://www.birthmark.org/awareness
· Register your event and Shop VBF to order materials, all in one
easy step: https://birthmark.org/secure/shopdoa.php
· “Tell Your Story”. Share your experiences with other
Remember, May 15 is Day of Awareness, but events can be held any time during
THANK YOU VBF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS!
Bags for Birthmarks
can help to “Sponsor A Family” so that they can attend
the VBF annual medical conference and receive a treatment plan. Donate
a new or gently used high-end, vintage, or designer handbag or bid
on one at www.birthmark.org.
Both ways help! Tell your family, friends, or colleagues that they
can help too by donating or bidding on a handbag
To donate a bag,
click here, fill out the form, and mail it to us.
get a bag, click here.
Port Wine Stains: Clearance, Cure, and Recurrence
To Treat or Not to Treat
The following rebuttal by Dr. Stuart Nelson and Dr. Roy Geronemus was
published in the New England Journal of Medicine in response to an article
about the recurrence of Port Wine Stains (PWS) after pulsed dye laser
treatment. At this year’s conference in Irvine, several physicians
spoke about the pathology, progression and treatment of PWS. To summarize
what was presented, after a PWS is treated using the pulsed dye laser,
the vessels that are targeted by the laser will not necessarily come
back, but rather new, deeper vessels will work their way up to the top
of the skin thus making “some” stain appear. It is important
to understand this because many people believe that PWS will always
come back and, therefore, they should not have laser treatment. This
is not true. While the laser does not “cure” the PWS, it
offers the most hope for clearance, for keeping the skin from thickening
and cobbling and for maintaining the best aesthetic outcome for the
patient (comment by Linda Rozell-Shannon, President and Founder of the
Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, 11/8/07).
Comments from Dr. Stuart Nelson and Dr. Roy Geronemus:
"We reviewed “Redarkening of Port-Wine Stains 10 Years after
Pulsed-Dye-Laser Treatment” by Huikeshoven et al (NEJM 2007;356:1235-1240)
with great interest and would offer our comments.
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RECRUITING SUBJECTS FOR A RESEARCH STUDY ON FACIAL BIRTHMARKS
The Effect of Facial Hemangiomas on Psycho-Social
If you are 14 years old or over and would be willing to answer three
short questionnaires, please volunteer for this research study.
This study is investigating the psycho-social impact of growing up
with an hemangioma on the face.
You must meet the following criteria to be in the study:
- Your birthmark must have been diagnosed as an hemangioma (either
deep, superficial or mixed), NOT a Port-Wine Stain or other type of
- You did not receive any treatment prior to age 14 to remove, lighten
or reduce the Hemangioma.
- It must have covered at least 10% of the face (size of an egg)
and been visible to other people.
- You must have attended a public or private school. (not home schooled)
- You must be able to fill out the questionnaire without help from
All participants must sign a consent form, and if you are under 18
years of age a parent or legal guardian must sign and approve your participation
in the study.
All information is strictly confidential. Your answers will be sent
to the scoring coordinator anonamously (without your identity disclosed).
Elissa Rifkin, M.Ed.