A new “Strawberry Blonde Pale Ale” is hitting the menu at Reserve Artisan Ales with all proceeds going towards the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF).
The organization networks families affected by a vascular birthmark, tumor or syndrome with the appropriate medical professionals for evaluation and/or treatment, provides informational resources, sponsors, physician education, mobilizes medical mission trips and supports research and programs that promote acceptance for individuals with birthmarks.
According to the organization:
-Vascular birthmarks affect nearly 10% of babies
-Hemangiomas (strawberries) and Port Wine Stains are the most common, with about 1 in 300 births
Raising awareness for the cause is something the owners of Reserve Artisan hold close to home. Co-owner Blake Benedict’s son and co-owner Trent’s nephew, Vail, was given an accurate diagnosis of a port wine stain birthmark by the VBF in 2021. Now the family says they are on the best bath of treatment thanks to the VBF.
The foundation said every $500 raised gives a family around the world free access to an accurate diagnosis by a group of experts, free laser treatment, an ultrasound, counseling, dental exam, lodging and a referral to continue treatment near them.
For more information on VBF and to donate online, click HERE.