Maria Kurlinski

Kids like Cole

Maria Kurlinski 's fundraiser for CHILDRENS ALOPECIA PROJECT

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Please help us raise money for the Children's Alopecia Project (CAP) and increase awareness about alopecia.

When Cole was 18 months old, we noticed a small bald patch, about the size of a quarter behind his ear. We took him to the pediatrician, and that's where we first heard about alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss, it affects about 2% of the population, and there is no cure or effective treatment.

Cole is 4 years old now, and we have watched his hair fall out, regrow, and fall out again, which is pretty typical for someone with alopecia. The problem was, we didn't know anyone with alopecia. Although we saw grown men who didn't have any hair on their heads it became all too obvious that there weren't any kids who "looked like me" Cole used to say. All of that changed when we found out about CAP and went to Alopeciapalooza 2011, a camp for children with alopecia and their families. Suddenly, we were immersed in a community of “kids like me” and I found support for parents like me. Obviously camp is always a ton of fun, but one of the most important things that we took away from those few days was that we were not alone; Cole knows that there are lots of kids who look like him and I know that there are lots of parents who are just like me.

Here are some of the things that your donation will help fund: CAP kids support groups & meetings. The CAP kid library program through which CAP donates books about alopecia to the libraries of schools that have a student with alopecia. The National CAP Kids Connections Program through which CAP helps parents to find other parents whose children have alopecia in their local communities. The National Awareness Outreach Program, through which CAP sends brochures to dermatologists, schools, and parents across the country in an effort to find and help more children living with alopecia.

No donation is too small and if you can’t donate please know that you’ve already helped by coming to our website and raising awareness about alopecia and CAP. Thank you for your support!

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906 Penn Avenue




CAP is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted specifically to children living with the incurable autoimmune hair loss disease, Alopecia.

EIN: 020729983

Reports: Guidestar

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