This fundraiser is for Meryl to attend the Alopeciapalooza 2012 camp through CAPS for kids. (www.childrensalopeciaproject.org)
In 2006, our daughter was diagnosed with a condition called alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune condition that has no other ill effects other than hair loss. With Meryl, she has lost all of her hair including her eyebrows and eyelashes (which is called alopecia universalis, described as the most severe form of alopecia areata).
Alopecia areata affects both sexes, and all ages, but is most common in children. It is a common disease experienced by over five million Americans (~2% of the US population). There is no pain or discomfort, and the overall health effect is benign. The course of alopecia areata is highly unpredictable. Hair can spontaneously re-grow even after years of extensive hair loss; however, it can (and often does) fall out again. Although alopecia areata is not medically disabling, as you can imagine, it can be very challenging emotionally. The emotional pain can be overcome with one's own inner resources and the support of others.
We try to get Meryl involved with other children who have Alopecia. This camp is a perfect opportunity to have fun and bond with other alopecia famiies. With your help we can send her to North Carolina for a surf camp where children like Mery can be free and have fun!