Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder of unknown cause, it is characterized by white patches of skin, loss of pigment cells and appears as a burn on darker pigment; and

Whereas Vitiligo affects approximately 3 million Americans and about 2 percent of the world population; and

Whereas It may be hereditary and is the most common disorder of skin coloration; and

Whereas Persons with vitiligo may also be affected by sun sensitivity, thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, Addison’s disease and lupus; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts joins Vitiligo Bond, Inc., Vitfriends and other interested agencies and organizations in promoting awareness about vitiligo in an effort to develop better therapies and care for those afflicted, as well as preventative measures,

 Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of June 2016, to be,

Vitiligo Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take

cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.


Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of May, in the year two thousand and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


By His Excellency               

Charles D. Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts