Children's Alopecia Project

Yankees HOPE Week: Children's Alopecia Project

In October 2003, 14-year-old Madison Woytovich was having her hair braided by her mother, Betsy, when large chunks of Madison's hair began falling out. During the next seven weeks, 75 percent of her hair disappeared.

When meeting with the doctor, Madison was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system accidently attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss. Her family was devastated when he told them that the type of loss Madison was experiencing would most likely lead to greater, if not complete hair loss.

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