My goal is to raise awareness of Alopecia and help my son, Carter, along with other kids living with Alopecia to be strong and confident.
My son Carter was diagnosed with Alopecia in October of 2011, just one week before his 7th birthday. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss. The course of alopecia is highly unpredictable. Some people with alopecia lose some of their hair and others lose all of their hair. It can grow back at anytime or it can never grow back. If it does grow back, it can (and often will) fall out again. There is no pain or discomfort with alopecia; however, the emotional impact of losing your hair is unimaginable. At an age when kids want to fit in and be like everyone else, being the kid whose hair is falling out is extremely tough.
I know the fear that Carter has all too well...I too have alopecia. As a parent, this was one of my biggest fears for my kids. I first got alopecia when I was in the 6th grade. I lost half my hair before it stopped falling out and eventually grew back. It fell out again in college and that time it all fell out and 18 years later it still has not grown back. It's really hard to be confident when you first lose your hair. It's scary because you don't know how bad it will get. I pray that I can give Carter the support he needs, especially since I know exactly what he is going through.
Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure for alopecia. However, because of CAP (Childrens Alopecia Project) and The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, researchers are getting closer to finding a cure for alopecia and support groups are helping to raise awareness of this condition while helping to build the confidence of those living with it. As you can imagine, going through something like this isn't easy. I've explained to Carter that everyone has problems they deal with. His is just one that everyone can see. We are still unsure how much of Carter's hair will fall out. If it all falls out or if it starts to grow back, I know that he will be ok with the support of our family, friends and CAP. He is still a very healthy kid, for that we are very blessed.
Through CAP, kids are able to see that they are not alone and that many other kids are dealing with the exact same struggles as they are. Feeling like you are not the only kid on earth losing your hair truly helps a kid deal with having alopecia. CAP 's goal is to help kids stay confident and strong and love themselves, even if they have no hair. I hope you can help CAP kids by giving a donation in support of Carter and the other 5 million people living with alopecia.
Thank you so much,
Rick and Dana Evans