Los Angeles Child to Receive Gift of Hair from Newport Hair Loss Center CEO and Founder Nazy Curtis
September 19, 2011 – Newport Beach, Calif. – When we see a bald man, we think little of it; when we see a woman with no hair we can’t keep ourselves from looking. When we see a child with no hair, we immediately think of cancer. However, it might be alopecia, a condition that is far more common than we’d like to think. In fact, it affects more than 40 million women in the U.S. alone. It affects children, too.
As part of spreading awareness about this condition during September, which is National Alopecia Awareness Month, Newport Hair Loss Center’s CEO and founder Nazy Curtis is giving something special to a very special little girl.
On Thursday, September 22, 2011, this beautiful second-grader who has had alopecia for much of her young life will receive a gift of hair… more accurately a gift of a custom human hair wig with hair personally donated by the child’s mother, father and one generous donor that Nazy met at a recent National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) event. “We had a presence at the NAAF event,” explains Curtis.
“We were there to answer questions from individuals who were experiencing all levels of hair loss. Many of the most anxious people we spoke with were parents of children who had alopecia. One mother touched us so deeply that we decided to create a wig for her daughter who just entered second grade.
What makes the wig very special is that the mother, the child’s father and a NAAF staffer donated hair for us to create the wig. That means the child’s own DNA is actually in this wig. We will present it to her this month in hopes of spreading awareness about alopecia, what it is and to let people who are experiencing the condition know that they are not alone.
They have a lot of support now that wasn’t available even a decade ago. We are here to support them, too, and have regular support groups to help educate them on what they may expect in their journey through hair loss, treatments they may consider and their options.”
Curtis knows a thing or two about hair loss. She has alopecia totalis and has been coping with the condition for more than ten years. In hopes of educating and offering support to as many people as she can who may be losing their hair for any reason (alopecia, cancer treatment or trichotillomania) Curtis is in the final editing round of her book No One Could Tell.
“I’m very excited to get this book into the hands of people who are going through what I have,” says Curtis. “I didn’t tell anyone due to feelings of embarrassment over my condition and because I didn’t know that I could find support or how that support would change my life.
I only started sharing my story with people in 2007 while undergoing chemotherapy to give support to the women who were going through treatment with me. It became easier as time passed. Now I am ready to tell the world. That way I can help more people.”