Statistics have shown that one out of every ten children have a birthmark. 3 out of every 1000 people have a “port wine stain” birthmark. Despite it being relatively common, those with the birthmark are still discriminated against in society as others assume the mark is contagious or harmful in some way. According to many medical journals, kids with the birthmark develop social stigmatization and lack self esteem. This results in depression and anxiety as the children grow older. It is important for children to learn about birthmarks at a young age so they will not stereotype and discriminate against those who have them.
Evan Ducker, who was born with a port wine stain, decided to write a book entitled “Buddy Booby's Birthmark". It wasn’t long before the book caught on and Evan was asked to travel across the state on his days off, visiting different schools, and teaching kids about birthmarks. Teachers registered on line to read the book to their entire class and, as a result, school became a more inviting place for kids with birthmarks. Evan hopes to visit more schools worldwide and create a DVD of his presentation to expand his project even further.