A 12-year-old lady who has skilled the hair loss related to alopecia is getting some heartwarming assist from her neighborhood and from a instructor who’s enjoying a giant function in a fundraiser this week.
Caylee Wilbur observed round Thanksgiving that she was shedding her lengthy, dark-brown hair.
“I did not actually know what was occurring,” she stated. “I would by no means seen anybody with their hair falling out, so I type of freaked out.”
After journeys to the physician, Caylee and her mother and father realized she has alopecia — an autoimmune illness that causes the physique to assault its personal hair follicles.
“She has been in a position to put on the Nike headband that hid most of it, however she began realizing it’s more durable and more durable to cover it,” stated her dad, Chris Wilbur.
“There have been moments the place I am OK with it and I feel, ‘That is what’s occurring,’ after which there are moments the place I break down and cry,” Caylee stated.
The Wilbur household turned to a nonprofit known as Youngsters With Hair Loss, which supplies wigs without charge to youngsters who’ve misplaced their hair due to most cancers, alopecia or different circumstances.
Now, the household desires to offer again.
They’ve organized a fundraiser to be held at Windle Discipline in Millbury on Thursday at 6 p.m. A raffle will likely be held for the possibility to chop Caylee’s hair and shave the pinnacle of her sixth grade instructor, Mike Tarka.
“This was not a tough selection for me,” stated Tarka. “This was simple.”
“Our preliminary thought was, ‘If we will increase $1,800 and one wig for somebody, it is a success,” stated Caylee’s dad.
Caylee, a three-sport athlete and the youngest of 4 sisters, desires her story and this act of charity to share a message:
“Your hair would not outline who you might be as an individual. It would not present your magnificence. It would not present what you do as an individual,” she stated. “Embrace your self.”
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