Friday, May 29, 2015

Kids With Hair Loss Visit Molting Seals

Northern elephant seal
Imagine being a child and loosing your hair, with no hope of it growing back.  When that happens it can be an autoimmune disease call alopecia.  The Children's Alopecia Project (CAP) is a nonprofit formed "To help any child in need who is living with hair loss due to all forms of alopecia. We do so by:  Building self-esteem in children living with alopecia; providing support for them and their families; raising awareness about the life-altering disease," notes the nonprofit's website.

Recently, 40 children and adults from Pennsylvania, New York, Nevada and Southern California, all members of CAP,  traveled to Central Californiato view a group of marine mammals that annually lose their fur during a molt. Volunteers from the marine mammal site, Friends of the Elephant Seal (FES) donated their time to discuss this unique marine mammal event with the CAP visitors.  According to an FES publication, the program was a hit.

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