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Julius Davis

Male / Virginia

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy, Alopecia totalis, Alopecia universalis

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hi, my name is Julius and I was born and raised in Caroline County, Virginia. I have lived in the same house my entire life with my parents, younger sister and lots of pets (we currently have 4 dogs and 2 cats). I attend boarding school in Orange, Virginia, where I am a junior. I was diagnosed with alopecia 12 years ago when I was in the first grade. It started as spots and then it all came out. Since then, I have seen my hair come and go. Other things to know about me. First off, I’m tall (my mom is always calling me to get the things off the high shelves). Second, I am a huge fan of playing sports. At school I currently participate in 3 sports - I play football and lacrosse, and swim during the winter. I used to play basketball and still love to play for fun. I am a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. In my free time, you’ll usually find me playing pickup basketball or golf with my friends. I also like to play Xbox - specifically Madden and 2K are my favorites. If I'm not busy with school or having fun doing any of those, you'll probably find me lifting weights, chilling at home, or helping out my parents or grandparents. I have had alopecia most of my life so I know what it is like and am happy to share my experience.

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Sita Kottilil

Female / 21 / Maryland

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hi, I’m Sita! I am a junior at Yale University majoring in political science and pursuing a pre-med track. I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata when I was 16 years old. I struggled with extensive hair loss leaving me mostly bald. Over the past few years, I have regrown my hair and subsequently relapsed and again regrew my hair. Alopecia is an incredibly difficult disease to battle, which is why I’m so excited to mentor others who are similarly dealing with it. I am passionate about researching inflammatory skin diseases in laboratory and clinical settings as well as advocating for adequate coverage of medication for patients experiencing financial burdens. Outside of school, I enjoy stage managing live theater, critiquing movies, cheering on my Maryland teams (Go Ravens!), and training for my next marathon. I have learned and experienced a lot while having alopecia and I can’t wait to be able to help you with your journey!

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Carla Fakhro

Female / 20 / California

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hello! My name is Carla and I’m from southern California. I’m currently in my 3rd year at UCLA studying Psychobiology. My journey with alopecia has been a long one, to say the least. I was born with congenital triangular alopecia (CTA) and have tried every treatment possible, from steroid shots, to topical creams, to oral medications. Though the physical aspects of alopecia poses many challenges, I believe the emotional impact and struggles are even harder to navigate. Regardless of the highs and lows, I have come to accept my alopecia and work towards coping with it, rather than allowing it to hinder the quality of my life. I decided to get involved with NAAF because as a child, I never had someone in my life that could relate to me or connect with me that had similar experiences. Beyond alopecia, I love canvas painting, makeup, going to the beach, and watching Shrek 2. I can’t wait to meet and to get my know my future mentee.

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Samantha James

Female / 24 / Oregon

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Howdy! My name is Sam and I live in Oregon, but I’m originally from Washington. I have experienced all types of alopecia. I was originally diagnosed with alopecia areata when I was 8, alopecia totalis when I was 9, and universalis when I was 10. While my hair/eyebrows/eyelashes have partially grown back since then, I choose to wear wigs (the one in the photo is from Amazon if you want to match!) because I think that they are fun! I have been dancing since I was 3, and have danced competitively, collegiately, and now professionally with the Portland Winterhawks! Alopecia doesn’t stop me from doing the things I love - I use wig glue and wigs to hold my hair secure! In my free time, I love line dancing, going to concerts, reading, and crocheting. I sometimes forget that I have alopecia quite honestly, and focus on the joy in life. I cannot wait to meet you!

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Erin Kim

Female / 16 / Connecticut

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy, Alopecia universalis

Language(s): English;Spanish

Accepting mentees: Yes

EHi! My name is Erin and I am a sophomore at Choate Rosemary Hall. I live in Connecticut but I’ve also lived in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore! When I was living in Korea, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. I lost all the hair on my head and body within two weeks. By the third week I was completely bald. As a thirteen year old going through Alopecia Universalis, it was hard to adapt to my new look. I wore a wig for the first few months after being diagnosed, but as a soccer player and an athlete, it was hard for me to keep the wig on. Three months after being diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, my hair started to grow back! Though my hair started to grow back, I was faced with the obstacle of having super short hair. I never let my Alopecia get in the way of any of my athletic contests or my hobbies. In years since, I have started to share my journey with Alopecia Universalis hoping to provide support and help others overcome any struggles. Languages spoken: English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

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Natalie Wong

Female / 19 / Georgia

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy, Alopecia totalis

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hi guys! My name is Natalie Wong, and I’m currently in my 2nd year at the University of Georgia. My major is Environmental Health, and I’m on the pre-med track; I hope to become a pediatric dermatologist and pursue research in Alopecia in the future! My journey with Alopecia had its ups and downs: I was diagnosed with Alopecia when I was 5 years old, and I completely lost my hair when I was 6 years old. During my freshman year of high school, I lost my eyelashes, but they grew back later (it may have been due to stress). Recently, my eyebrows have grown back too. Regardless, overtime I learned to love myself, to be more confident, and to surround myself with supportive friends. I even was able to convince my classmates to vote for me for “Best Hair” for my senior superlative (I still can’t believe I won). I love wearing colorful, floral headbands to highlight the fact that I DON’T have hair. It’s sort of my signature style :D. I can’t wait to meet with my mentee and share my experience with Alopecia! Apart from that, I’m into film photography, traveling, watching movies/shows, makeup, cooking, collecting vinyls, and listening to music. My favorite genres are kpop, rnb, and jazz, but I honestly love all so give me recs! These are a few of my interests, but I’m open to try out new things!

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Jasmine Auld

Female / 17 / Colorado

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hello! My name is Jasmine, and I live in Colorado. I love going to the gym and hanging out outdoors with family, friends, and my dog. When I was 12, I noticed my first bald spot hidden within my lusciously long, thick black hair. Eventually, a few more appeared. I was always conscious of these bald spots in public, insecurely worrying that others would notice this “abnormality,” even with my best attempts at concealing them. Persistent topical cream appliance allowed these few bald spots to grow. Fast forward those few years, the fall semester of my junior year, I noticed my hair falling out. At first, I thought the hair loss correlated to the immense stress brought along with the junior year workload, not that my alopecia had reappeared. Each day, with alopecia’s ruthless persistence, my life turned into a hopeless cycle: waking up, staring at stands of hair on my pillow; shamefully and secretively collecting shed hair after class; and watching my forehead and hairline recede slowly. I had loved my hair before it was stolen from me: its length, its thickness, its glow, its color. After a semester of misery, I got a wig (90% of my hair was gone, along with my eyebrows and eyelashes). Even with a wig, my alopecia was still there, so I had to learn that my only option to happiness was loving and accepting myself. Through the adversities of the disease, I have grown into the best version of myself, especially embodying bravery, resilience, and empathy. I want to help others navigate the inevitable confusion and anxieties of losing hair. Most importantly, I want others to understand they are not alone and there is light in the darkest situations.

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Camden Kantaparn

Male / 17 / Virginia

Will meet with: Kids, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hello! My name is Camden Kantaparn. I am 16 years old and live in Northern Virginia, 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata when I was about 19 months old and lost all of the hair on my head and eyebrows by the time I was 3. Growing up, being a good student and athlete helped to build my self-confidence. I played travel soccer for 7 years and am currently running track for my high school team. In addition to running, I enjoy reading, traveling (I’ve been to Thailand, Cuba, Iceland, Croatia, Portugal, and Peru just to name a few!) and playing video games. Looking forward to connecting!

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Maia Campbell

Female / 22 / Indiana

Will meet with: Kids, Parents, Young Adults

Type: Alopecia areata patchy, Alopecia totalis, Alopecia universalis

Language(s): English

Accepting mentees: Yes

Hello! My name is Maia Campbell and I'm from Indiana. I recently graduated from Ball State University where I studied pre-med biology and chemistry, and I am currently applying to physician assistant master’s programs! I currently work as a pediatric vision therapist and love my job. Most of my free time is spent reading, playing tennis and golf, or doing creative activities like scrapbooking and crocheting. I’m also a huge IndyCar fan and was an Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess last year. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 2 and tried every treatment under the sun, then eventually decided to lean into being different and have fun with wigs, hats, and headbands! I began wearing wigs in high school and eventually lost all my hair in college. I’m currently in a clinical drug trial for alopecia and have seen amazing results so far! Though there were times I struggled to cope with bullying, self-esteem, and mental health struggles, I’ve always found such great encouragement and resources from people in the alopecia and NAAF communities. Alopecia awareness and education has always been important to me, and I’ve found the most comfort in having a “teaching” mindset when someone asks me about alopecia. Whether it be holding a fundraiser for NAAF, doing an immunology project on alopecia, or being open about it on social media, there is so much power in education. I am very excited to become a youth mentor and look forward to meeting more people in this community!

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