Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair especially on the scalp—either in patches (alopecia areata), on the entire head (alopecia totalis), or over the entire body (alopecia universalis).
It is estimated that alopecia affects several million children in the United States, and hair loss is responsible for about 3 percent of all pediatric office visits.
Over 6.6 million people in the United States have alopecia, nearly 40% of all women age 18+ will experience hair loss at some time in their lives.
Alopecia areata affects both sexes and all ages but is most common in children five to twelve years old. About one per 1000 children has alopecia areata. Approximately 5 percent of children with alopecia areata go on to develop alopecia totalis, and some of these children may develop alopecia universalis.
Hair loss due to cancer treatment can be traumatic. For pre-teens, teenagers and adults, hair loss serves as a constant reminder of one’s illness, as well as a devastating blow to one’s self-esteem.
According to the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention, in 2015, New York State had one of the highest incidences of cancer in the US. On parts of Long Island, the rate of cancer in two areas, breast and female lung cancer exceeds the state average.
In 2011, New York State was ranked 11th in the country for incidences of cancer among children ages 18 and under.
While there are many therapies being utilized to fight cancer, among the most often used is chemotherapy, which usually results in hair loss.
Our primary goal is based on empathy. We want to provide more wigs to more people, more quickly.
Build and sustain an inventory of semi-custom wigs that will allow us to respond to every request as quickly as possible.
Develop relationships with salons, which will style the wigs at no charge, with the same level of speed and compassion.
Build public awareness about the psychological devastation of medical hair loss.
With your contribution to Hair We Share, you’re helping us have the right high-quality wig available for the next person in need. Your contribution also allows our staff to build a network of caring salons across Long Island that partner with us.
Please make your tax deductible donation to Hair We Share by going to www.Hairweshare.org or sending a check to Hair We Share, 4 Expressway Plaza, Suite LL14, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577.
You can make the greatest difference in the life of a medical hair loss sufferer with your financial support today.