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.
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 2014, “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.
|Baltimore Orioles vs. Cincinnati Reds
||September 4, 7:05 pm
|Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
||September 5, 1:35 p.m.
||Chrissa Kaselis & Jeff Katz
|Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays
||September 27, 6:05 p.m.
|Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers
||September 16, 6:40 p.m.
|Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
||September 8, 7:08 p.m.
|Gwinnett Braves vs Norfolk Tides
||May 23, 7:05 p.m.
|Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals
||September 19, 7:10 p.m.
|Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
||September 6, 6:10 p.m.
|New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
||August 17, 1:10 p.m.
|Oakland Athletics vs Philadelphia Phillies
||September 21, 2014
|Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves
||September 27, 7:05 p.m.
|Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres
||August 10, 1:35 p.m.
|San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
||September 20, 5:40 p.m.
|San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres
||September 25, 7:15 p.m.
|Tampa Bay Rays vs. The Detroit Tigers
||August 20, 7:10 p.m.
|Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels
||September 7, 2:05 p.m.
|Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
||September 7, 1:35 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.
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 2013 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.