Commissioner John Wiley Price shares personal battle with Vitiligo and lauds efforts of support groups

 

Members of a delegation stand as Commissioner Price reads a resolution pertaining to Vitiligo, a disease that results in the depigmentation of the skin.

Members of a delegation stand as Commissioner Price reads a resolution pertaining to Vitiligo, a disease that results in the depigmentation of the skin.

Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution recognizing the efforts of organizations in assisting those afflicted by vitiligo.

Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution recognizing the efforts of organizations in assisting those afflicted by vitiligo.

Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow

Commissioner Price, in Dallas County Commissioners Court on June 25, praised the efforts of the Dallas-Forth Worth Vitiligo Support Group and Vitiligo Support International in hosting the first annual Vitiligo Walk-a-Thon on June 22.

The Walk-a-Thon was held in Breckenridge Park in Richardson, Texas, and raised more than $4000 to combat Vitiligo, an autoimmune disease which results in the depigmentation  of the skin. More than 70 people participated in the event and the Vitiligo Support Group is still accepting donations to assist in their cause. There is no known cure for the disease, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States.

When reading the resolution, Commissioner Price was noticeably affected and revealed that he was personally diagnosed with Vitiligo a few years ago. While he said he was greatly impacted by it, he is now in remission. Commissioner Price went on to say that “the psychological effects of Vitiligo on individuals are vast, with many feeling stigmatized by their condition.”

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