Thank you for another successful PPDR!


The Purple Polka Dot Race is a 5K Walk/Run, Family Fun Run and Virtual Run to benefit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.

Every birthmark tells a story and this is ours

On March 4, 2015, we welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world. She arrived absolutely perfect – 10 fingers, 10 toes and a special birthmark on her cheek and chin!

Months later we found out that her birthmark was something called a port wine stain (PWS) – a kind of vascular birthmark. We immediately started our search for answers and came across the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF). The VBF has not only provided us with answers but also with a sense of community and support system unlike any other.

Our sweet 2-year old currently receives laser treatments for her PWS, which cause her to have temporary purple polka dots on her face. Our mission is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance for all those out there who are also sporting their very own “purple polka dots”!

Everything we raise does go directly to the VBF and I know it goes to good use! They have made advancements in the medical community as well as educating all of us in the birthmark community. I know that people are learning a lot and are really interested in vascular birthmarks in general.

Thank you again. I don’t know how else to say it and it sounds so simple, but I don’t know where we would be without the VBF.

God Bless You!
Jody, John and Meghana Lee




The Second Annual PPDR is August 13, 2017.

Registration is open!


  • 5K Run and Walk with tech shirt ($30)
  • Family Fun Run ($10 per family) – If a parent does the 5K Run or Walk, they don’t need to pay for the Fun Run for their kids.
  • Virtual Participant with tech shirt ($25)

The race will take place Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Eastwood Beach at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, Michigan. There is a $10 fee per car to enter Stony Creek if you do not already have an Oakland County Parks vehicle permit.

Race-Day Schedule
7:30 am – Packet Pickup and day-of-race registration begins
8:30 am – 5K run and walk
9:30 am – Family Fun Run registration (for those only participating in Family Fun Run)
10:00 am – Family Fun Run
10:20–10:30 am – Final thank you and raffle prizes (must be present to win!)

Note that if you are only participating in the Family Fun Run you DO NOT have to register at 7:30 am – sleep in and join us later in the morning!

Swag – included with local 5K Walk/Run registration

Green Tech Shirt – available in Mens/Ladies sizes – sign up before JULY 29, 2017 to guarantee shirt size
Green Cotton Shirt – available in Infant/Toddler sizes – sign up before JULY 29, 2017 to guarantee shirt size

Front Back 2017

Cooling Towel in Carabiner Case (Green)
– Mesh-like, highly absorbent, quick-drying, reusable PVA towel
– Clear plastic container with carry handle and built-in carabiner


Badger Baby Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF35
– Broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays using the safe mineral Zinc Oxide
– No oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sunscreening agents.
– Water Resistant for 80 minutes and biodegradable.
– Ultra-moisturizing and soothing certified organic base of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter.
– BPA and phthalate-free stick is >35% PCR recycled #2 plastic

BB Sunscreen

20 oz. Water Bag with Carabiner
– Laminated polyethylene drink bag with 5mm aluminum carabiner
– Twist-on, push/pull drink spout with cap
– Material: Polyethylene
– Hand wash only


12″ x 12″ Clear Drawstring Cinch Backpack (Kid not included)
– Vinyl with reinforced corners
– Cord shoulder straps also cinch top
– Meets NFL sizing guidelines
– CPSIA and Prop65 compliant for limits on lead, heavy metals and phthalates


Sponsor Levels


  • Company spotlight on social media page/website
  • Logo/name on all marketing materials
  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • 3 free race entries
  • Table/tent at race
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF
  • Live thank you at race!


  • Logo/name on social media pages/website
  • Logo/name on flyers
  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • 2 free race entries
  • Table/tent at race
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF


  • Logo/name on flyers
  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • Logo/name on website
  • Table/tent at race
  • 1 free race entry
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF


  • Logo/name on flyers
  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • Logo/name on website
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF


  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • Logo/name on website
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF


  • Monetary or in-kind donations accepted
  • Logo/name on food table signs
  • Logo/name on website
  • Logo/name on T-shirts
  • Credit/names in press release from VBF


Thanks to our sponsors!



Orangetheory Fitness in Rochester Hills offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. Increase energy, get visible results and burn more calories, even after leaving the studio.


Farrell Family



University of Michigan Department of Dermatology


Rainbow Child Care Center with locations in Troy, Auburn Hills and Lake Orion.


Sherman Family & Morof Family

Humrich Family


Walk The Line to SCI Recovery is a Physician directed intensive, activity-based therapy program with a focus on weight and load bearing exercises designed to facilitate recovery of function following traumatic spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.

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K&K Construction specializes in drywall, acoustic ceilings, decks, framing and much more!

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Charlie K Designs specializes in custom vinyl design, headbands, tutus, rag skirts, wooden signs, shadowboxes, and more!



Sunflower Productions LLC, a photography company located in Livonia, specializes in all types of photography including weddings, engagements, children, families, family memories, senior pictures, maternity, boudoir, headshots, and much more!


Baltimore-based Wire and Honey create hip, urban clothing that represents the heart and soul of our beloved city. We draw inspiration from music, culture, and local flair while endorsing and promoting love, tolerance, and global health awareness.

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Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is the largest university-based credit union in the world in membership and asset size.


FitBody 360 is a premier health, wellness and fitness center that gathers data on your body and helps you to determine your goals and performance.







Donations are always welcome! You can support the Purple Polka Dot Race by donating directly to the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation using the link below:

The VBF is a fully approved not-for-profit. Your donations are tax deductible.
Federal Tax ID 16-1515227.


Vascular Birthmarks Foundation


The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation is an international charitable organization that networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor, or syndrome to the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment and provides informational resources as well as sponsors physician education, research, and programs that promote acceptance for living with a birthmark.

2016 Race

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2016 Prices
5K Run and Walk with tech shirt ($30)
Family Fun Run ($10 per family)
Virtual Participant ($25)

Each registered athlete in the 5K run or walk received:
• 1 drawstring bag
• 1 tech t-shirt
• 1 reusable ice pack
• 1 headband
• Purple Polka Dot tattoos
• Samples of Biofreeze
• official Vascular Birthmarks Foundation brochure
• other items from local business