“It is important to give back to our community in any way possible.”
- Rosella Papale
NATIONAL ALOPECIA AREATA FOUNDATION
Having friends is essential for all human beings, and when you find them, you will help them in any way possible. That is how my journey supporting NAAF started a few years ago, a dear friend of mine has Alopecia Universalis, she inspired me to cut and donate my hair a while ago.
Alopecia Areata is a common autoimmune disease that causes sudden hair loss. Most cases are nothing more than hair loss in a few patches, and these cases might experience spontaneous, full recovery or with the help of specific treatments.
This organization provides support, education, mentors, advice, and resources not only for patients with Alopecia, the autoimmune disease, but also for those with Alopecia caused by other circumstances like cancer treatments, etcetera.
Hair loss can be a traumatic experience for anyone as that changes the whole perception of who they are and their self-esteem; here is where NAAF plays a vital role as well as all people supporting this cause.
UNITED COMMUNITY OPTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA
David, their Assistant Director of Community Relations, contacted me about donating a banner for their Fishing Tournament a few years ago, which will make us an In-Kind Sponsor, and I said yes. Since then, we have developed a fantastic friendship, and I keep supporting them in any way I can.
Later on, I visited their offices in Miami and learned firsthand about their mission and how they help so many families in South Florida, a total of more than 1,600. They serve children and adults with different degrees of disabilities, whether it is physical, cognitive, or neurological. Among the services they provide are schools, housing, physical therapy, home support, training for supported employment, and much more.
Donations and fundraising events fund all these efforts to give these families a better and deserved quality of life.