The Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP) is an organization designed to help children with Alopecia feel more comfortable while coping with this hair loss condition. The organization was founded 10 years ago by Jeff Woytovich, a father whose daughter was diagnosed with Alopecia at age 5. He wanted to find other children with Alopecia like his daughter so that they would feel less alone and have one another to relate to.
At the CAP Spring Spectacular we met with several people involved in the organization, including the parents of one of our own Hair Club for Kids, who were very touched to have our support that evening. We had the chance to hear two teens share their stories about life with Alopecia. They were both very inspirational and brave. These children were not interested in hiding their “disease” but instead wanted to share their experiences and show the world that losing your hair doesn’t have to bring you down. They were both very active in sports and in their communities and generally happy to be who they are.
Although these particular children didn’t want to cover or hide their Alopecia, we know many who do want that feeling of normalcy. The children who are part of our Hair Club for Kids program are all just as inspirational as the two who shared their stories with us at the event. No child should have to feel embarrassed or worried about being bullied because they are different. CAP helps these children realize that they are not alone and that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about, just like our program allows children to feel more comfortable in their own skin—to feel “normal”.
As employees of Hair Club, we are proud to be a part of one of the best children’s hair replacement programs available. The CAP Spring Spectacular was a great experience for us all, and we look forward to attending again!