PATERSON, NJ- “Having Vitiligo is my special gift from God!  I love my spots. Be brave & love yourself.” This is the simple message found on the Facebook page of the Princess Khori Vitiligo Foundation.

The namesake of Paterson nine year old Khori Muckle, the foundation seeks to raise awareness of Vitiligo, a non-contagious condition which causes skin to lose its pigmentation, or become discolored. While just three years old when she received her diagnosis, Khori’s mother Crainysha told TAPinto Paterson that instead of hiding, the young girl has become an advocate for others afflicted with condition, travelling across the world as a speaker.

Among the efforts the foundation has taken part in is a local walk annually, which took place for the fifth time in June, attracting the support of local businesses and elected officials like Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

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Among the walk’s earliest supporters was Jose Manuel Ignacio, the long-time owner of El Nuevo Encanto Restaurant located on 21st Avenue. Saying that he “likes to help and be involved in the community, especially when it involves children,” Ignacio has provided food for the walk each year.

On Wednesday, June 27, Crainysha stopped by El Nuevo Encanto, along with Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, to thank Ignacio for his support and present him with a certificate of commendation from the New Jersey General Assembly.

“Every business owner should contribute to the community,” Ignacio said. “It doesn’t take much to help someone in need.”

El Nuevo Encanto Restaurant, located at 476 21st Avenue, is open 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.