Meeting & Contact Information

We meet 6 times per year on the second Thursday of the following months:  January, March, May, July, September, November

Meetings are held at New Center One:   3031 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202 on the 7th Floor.  Meetings are 6pm - 8pm and dinner is provided.  


Phone:  833-VSTRONG (833.878.7664)

Partner Group | V-STRONG Cleveland


V-Strong is dedicated to stepping up our efforts to grow our footprint to continue the work of spreading Vitiligo awareness. Our V-Strong family has recently expanded to Cleveland OH where Angela Coats and David Thorn (who we met at World Vitiligo Detroit) were very interested in starting a support group in their area.  We will mentor and support their efforts to educate and make others aware of Vitiligo.  

Partner Group | V-Strong Flint (Michigan)

We connected with our V-Strong Flint Leader Marci through social media.  We learned that Marci was only 45 minutes north of Detroit. Marci has had Vitiligo for several years and is confident in her skin! She began attending V-Strong events and decided join as a partner group in the Flint area! We will mentor and support her efforts to connect with and educate people in Marci's area.

Signature Events


With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this Vitiligo. We understand that there are many with Vitiligo who struggle with being in public so we host family/fun & friendly events to support our members and give them an opportunity to enjoy some outings with other members providing a supportive atmosphere. Our signature events are as follows:

  • Movie Day

  • Annual Picnic

  • Celebrity Server Events  (Lee Thomas)

  • World Vitiligo Day - 2019 (Houston TX)

  • Mental Health Month

  • Annual Pot Luck

  • Vitiligo Advocacy Day - Washington DC

Leadership Board


Dr. Richard Huggins

Dr. Richard H Huggins is a Dermatology Specialist in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with honors from Univ Of Med & Dentistry Of NJ, NJ Dental School in 2006. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences, especially in DERMATOLOGY, Dr. Richard H Huggins affiliates with Henry Ford Hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Huggins along with Lee Thomas leads the V-Strong support group organizing bi-monthly meetings, provides research updates, and plans signature group outings and activities.

Lee Thomas Jr.

Lee is an award winning television broadcaster, author and motivational speaker that travels the world sharing his story of personal change while challenging people to live their best life by connecting to their creative perspective in the midst of chaos. Lee is driven to make the world a more positive, compassionate and energetic place. Lee is the author of Turning White and the founder of the SE MI Vitiligo Support Group known as V-Strong. 

Kimberly Boyd, MBA  

Diagnosed with Segmental Vitiligo in 2013 Kim was reluctant to join the support group at first but was warmly welcomed and became involved with group activities.  Kim joined the leadership team and began planning group activities, managing social media, coordinating group outings, and eventually as the chairperson of World Vitiligo Day Detroit 2017 organized an event that brought 200 dermatologists, vitiligo patients, and friends to Southfield MI for the festivities. 

Michelle Hood  

Diagnosed more than 10 years ago, Michelle has been an active member of V-Strong coordinating movie day, World Vitiligo Day, and working in the community to spread awareness. Michelle has traveled to other cities to meet up with others in our expanded vitiligo community.  Michelle is a hands-on and get -it- done type of person and will tell her vitiligo story wherever she goes.

Steve Taylor,  Pauline Burdett, Lori Harris, Beverly Smith

Medical Student volunteers

Moses Evbuomwan - Social Media & Advocacy
Katanya Alaga - Social Media & Advocacy
Michael Dotson Branch - Member Contact & Retention

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