In 2008, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease where my immune system attacks my own hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Initially, I had one or two quarter-size bald spots on my scalp, which slowly turned into three or four spots. Which then turned into large areas on my scalp that were completely bald. Currently, my alopecia is in a pattern known as ophiasis, where the hair loss is at the base and sides of my scalp. Unfortunately, this pattern may progress to where I may lose all hair on my scalp, known as alopecia totalis.
Alopecia affects approximately 2% of the human population and according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, this includes more than 4.7 million men, women, and children in the United States. Currently, there is no cure for alopecia, only treatments that may stimulate hair growth which are not necessarily guaranteed. Although I have days that are emotionally difficult, I am extremely blessed to have unconditional love and support from my husband, family, and friends. So my concern is not for myself, my true concern is for the children diagnosed with this disease. Although this disease is not life threatening, it is emotionally challenging, especially for children. I have signed up for the 2012 Disney World Marathon and plan to run the 26.2 MAGICAL miles on behalf of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (www.naaf.org) and the Children's Alopecia Project (www.childrensalopeciaproject.org). What better place to run for a great cause and wish upon a shooting star? It is the place where dreams come true! Please help me in supporting these two wonderful organizations by offering a monetary donation in my efforts to run my first marathon!
Thank you in advance for your support! It is truly appreciated!
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