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Tortoise And Hair To Raise Funds For Alopecia Areata

Two Texas (Katy) families with children suffering with an autoimmune disease called Alopecia Areata (AA), which causes severe hair loss, will co-chair the "Tortoise and Hair" 5K and 1-mile run/walk in downtown Houston on Saturday, June 27.

(Image of a Tortoise by Pavel Matoušek - All Rights Reserved).

The very worthwhile event will be held in conjunction with the 24th annual Alopecia Areata Foundation international conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

With AA, there is no way to predict if and when hair will fall out or regrow. 

Living with the disease can be challenging at times, but both families have coped with the disease through support from friends, the community, their church, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NFAA) and Texas Children's Hospital.

Although living with AA may be difficult, it is not contagious and there are no harmful effects other than hair loss.

The body thinks that it is allergic to hair follicles and therefore, it rejects hair growth. Another physical sign of AA can be pitted fingernails. In the United States, 1.7 percent of the population has Alopecia Areata.

Sponsorships for the Tortoise & Hair event range from $100 to $1,000. However, donations of all sizes are welcome.

Donations can be made to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation or at the event's website,

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