12 Jun International Albinism Awareness Day
June 13th is International Albinism Awareness Day. Albinism is a genetic condition that causes there to be very little to no pigment in the skin, hair and eyes in those who are affected. This results in vision problems and a high risk of skin cancers. This condition is much more common in Tanzania, where many of the children with albinism are placed in orphanages to protect them from brutal attacks by those who do not understand the condition. Dr. Bree has traveled to Tanzania to provide love and care to these children who have a very special place in her heart.
If you want to learn more or donate to the cause, there are many amazing organizations supporting those with albinism.
NOAH is a group serving the albinism community by providing support and information: http://www.albinism.org/
Under The Same Sun is an advocacy group who is working to end discrimination against those with albinism with education and public awareness: http://www.underthesamesun.com/
KiliSun is an program that produces the only sunscreen available in Tanzania and it is distributed at little to no cost to persons with albinism: https://www.facebook.com/KiliSun
Meet the Champions of the Albinism Cause: http://albinism.ohchr.org/. Their stories will inspire you!
Our hope is that International Albinism Awareness Day not only raises your awareness about albinism but is a reminder that no matter our differences we are all human beings worthy of love, respect and dignity.