“Team Up for Alopecia Areata” - September 2012
Alopecia areata was kept front and center in the public’s mind throughout September as Alopecia Areata Awareness Month lit up the calendar with events occurring almost daily. We ran in Pittsburgh with the Tortoise & Hair. We played at a kids fair in Milwaukee. We scored at a lacrosse event at Michigan’s Albion College. We rocked at an awareness concert in Manila. And we got Giggy with it in L.A. when support groups spent a balmy afternoon with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump and her famous alopecian pup. And we haven’t even got to the baseball! Sixteen Major League teams graciously took part in this year’s “Team Up for Alopecia Areata” campaign. There’s no room to list each and every highlight but they included Miranda Soong, all of 10-years-old, singing the National Anthem at the Baltimore Colts game, 11-year-old Courtney Whitney throwing first pitch for the Kansas City Royals, and the Toronto Blue Jays opening up their clubhouse for the CANAAF fans. We wish to thank our local NAAF and CANAAF organizers who worked with their hometown teams to put on these events, many doing so for the first time - and doing a great job!
Also, be sure to view our Photo Album from this year's activities here.
Megan Gubricky (left) threw the first pitch and Miranda Soong sang the National Anthem
at the Balitimore Orioles game on September 26th.
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! We ask for a minimum donation of five dollars with your request. Contact Gary Sherwood via email to order or to inquire about quantities for awareness events.
As an example of what folks did around the country we offer this summary from Rebecca Hibbs, Nashville, TN:
"On August 29th I represented NAAF by hosting the "Charity of the Night" at the Nashville Sounds Baseball game. They gave me a booth to have information, posters, NAAF baseball bracelets, etc. to hand out as people walked in the gate. This was the second year doing this and I had 2 NEW helpers who have Alopecia Areata! Abi, age 16 from Gallatin, TN and Nina, age 11 from Nashville, TN. Their families also helped to bring some people to the game and hand out brochures. I got to sing the National Anthem and I wrote a brief message describing NAAF and our efforts to make awareness that was announced a few times throughout the game. Overall the event was a success.Between me, Abi, Nina and their families we talked to almost everyone that walked through the gate or at least gave them a brochure. Now there are at least 500 + more people that know about Alopecia Areata!"
Awareness happens all year long! Find out more about how you can help raise funds and awareness in your community.
See more "Team Up for Alopecia Areata" Photos in our Photo Album here .
Washington Nationals, Sunday, September 2
Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, September 9
New York Mets, Sunday,September 9
Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, September 12
Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, September 12
Houston Astros, Wednesday, September 12
Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday, September 12
Texas Rangers, Saturday, September 15
Chicago Cubs, Sunday, September 16
Anaheim Angels, Thursday, September 20
Kansas City Royals, Sunday, September 23
Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, September 26
Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, September 26
Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, September 28
Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, September 29
Minnesota Twins, Saturday, September 29