September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month!
Look at Us! It’s what the alopecia areata community is telling friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else who can hear our voices this September. It’s the theme of this year’s Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. It’s pride in who we are, what we’ve accomplished, and where we’re headed. It’s the alopecia areata community staging family-friendly awareness events across the country such as baseball games, jeans days, walkathons, bowl-a-thons, and more. It’s kids with alopecia areata, too often subject to bullying, being reminded of their own self-worth. It’s adults with the disease, too often feeling alone, being reminded there are others, many others, just like them, not only in this country but around the world. It’s people with alopecia areata driving the future of our condition by enabling researchers to look at us from the inside. This can only be accomplished by encouraging more people with alopecia areata to contribute their information to the HIPAA-compliant, secure Alopecia Areata Registry, Biobank, and Clinical Trials Network, which is essential for advancing research.
Tune Into Awareness Month on SiriusXM Radio
Dr. Marc Glashofer and NAAF Communications Director Gary Sherwood were special guests on SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Maggie Linton Show” as part of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. They discussed a wide range of topics including the specifics of the disease, why continued research is so essential, how best for children to cope, and what awareness and advocacy activities we have now and on the horizon. As SiriusXM is a subscription service, not everyone was able to listen live so we greatly appreciate the show providing this audio file.
Look at Us! is not only our theme, but our affirmation. It’s a rallying call bringing attention and understanding to people who may not yet see or understand, but soon will. And when people understand, they help.
How can you get involved? First, get excited. Look at awareness month as a way to share your story so your neighbors can better understand alopecia areata. Next, tap into your interests and talents, whether that involves hosting a small event, planning a large-scale fundraiser, writing to your local paper, or staffing an alopecia areata information booth at a local health fair.
Team Up for Alopecia Areata
In 2013, “Team Up for Alopecia Areata” returns for a third straight year. The teams below (in bold) have already scheduled awareness events in their home city and more are coming aboard every week. If your local Major League Baseball team is participating, you can attend the selected game. Follow our website, Facebook, and Twitter for details. You can also organize an awareness day with your local Major or Minor League Baseball team. The Minor League teams tend to be very welcoming.
|Akron Aeros vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels
||July 27, 7:05 p.m.
|Arizona Diamond Backs vs. Washington Nationals
||September 28, 5:10 p.m.
|Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox
||September 6, 7:05 p.m.
|Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
||September 1, 1:35 p.m.
||Chrissa Kaselis & Jeff Katz
|Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals
||September 17, 6:40 p.m.
|Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners
||September 18, 7:08 p.m.
|Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers
||September 21, 6:10 p.m.
|Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland A's
||September 24, 7:05 p.m.
|Los Angeles Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies
||September 27, 7:10 p.m.
|Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies
||September 25, 7:10 p.m.
|Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
||September 20, 7:10 p.m.
|Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays
||September 8, 1:10 p.m.
|Mississippi Braves vs. Huntsville Stars
||August 27, 1:00 p.m.
|New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
||July 19, 7:10 p.m.
|Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
||September 1, 1:35 p.m.
|Round Rock Express vs. Salt Lake Bees
||August 10, 6:05 p.m.
|San Diego Padres vs Colorado Rockies
||September 6, 7:10 p.m.
||San Diego Support Group
|Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics
||September 14, 12:05 p.m.
Distribute Our Baseball Awareness Bracelets
Besides the outreach at stadiums and media coverage throughout the country, an additional aspect of our awareness drive is the NAAF baseball bracelet. The bracelet is a combination of our website address, Foundation logo, and baseball stitching to promote awareness. Show your support by requesting yours today! This is a great idea no matter how small or large your event. We ask for a minimum donation of five dollars with your request. Contact Gary Sherwood to order or to inquire about quantities for awareness events.
Need a little more help? View and print our new Alopecia Areata Awareness Month packet here. Or contact the NAAF office at 415-472-3780 to request a copy.
We also have a Community Awareness Packet filled with information on having an event in your area anytime of year!
Please email NAAF Communications Director, Gary Sherwood, if you would like to discuss your awareness ideas or need more information.