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Causes: Health, Human Services, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: CAP will help any child in need who is living with hair loss due to all forms of Alopecia."We raise awareness of Alopecia and the self-esteem in children so the become stronger teens and productive adults.

Results: We have helped thousands of children, friends, family and others associated with alopecia with awareness! We continue to grow self-esteem because we can't grow hair but next up is our biggest challenge yet! We are now in need of more funds so we can accomplish a CAP Kid Group that is registered and active in each State. We are also looking to have the first comprehensive feasibility study of how children and parents deal with this incurable autoimmune hair loss disease. We need to find another $200,000 to be able to do these things while continuing our mission for the kids!

Target demographics: He help kids and their family change the emphasis from growing hair to growing self-esteem

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of families dealing with Alopecia

Geographic areas served: Helping children and their families living with the incurable autoimmune hair loss disease, Alopecia

Programs: Alopeciapalooza, CAP Kid Camps, CAP Library Program, CAP2U School Tours, CAP5K runs/walks and CAP Kid Groups in over 45 locations around the world.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had never seen another bald child like himself until we took him to CAP's annual camp Alopeciapalooza. I know it made an impact on him as he now understands he's not alone. These camps offer age appropriate sessions with panels for both children and parents to learn and ask questions. The focus is primarily on self confidence and non medical coping strategies. It's a way for families across the country to connect both locally and nationally and the experience has been life changing. The founder, Jeff Woytovich, is amazing and has ensured that all children with alopecia attend camps for free. He is a blessing to all of our children and we will continue to support CAP in every way possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the first CAP Kid. I got alopecia when I was 5 and I am now 19. I still have no hair but I do have a high self-esteem because that is what CAP does. I am living proof of that.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Children's Alopecia Project ( CAP), has changed the Alopecia community forever. It's all about building self esteem and real awareness. It's a safe place for children and adults to embrace their insecurities. CAP is helping kids and adults all over the world. The camps are amazing
by allowing the kids a chance to be just kids who happen to not have hair. With CAP the parents and kids don't feel so isolated in a world of hair. Parents have a place to help educate and give support to each other. I have had Alopecia since I was six years old. I wish I would have had CAP in my life when I was a child. Now that I'm an adult, it was exactly the foundation I needed to finally embrace my Alopecia! Children's Alopecia Project absolutely changes lives; I'm living proof!

Board Member

Rating: 5

An excellent organization!
The Executive Director has a passion and drive like no other person ive ever met.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a long term supporter of The Children's Alopecia Project (CAP), and recently joined the Board of Directors. CAP is a wonderful nationwide/worldwide organization that has positively touched thousands of children, teenagers, and adults that either are directly or indirectly impacted by this condition. As a lifelong person with alopecia, from nearly 5 years old thru adulthood, and father of son with alopecia, I wish that such an organization was available prior to its formation a little over 13 years ago. From startup, the founder of the organization, and surrounding support community of friends, family, volunteers, and businesses have passionately advanced the outreach, education, advocacy, and awareness of this condition to combat the low self esteem and related emotional impacts, particularly in children. CAP is a major positive influence and educational resource for the parents/families of CAP kids who often struggle to cope with their inability to "help with a cure" with their children's daily struggles. The "pin action" positive influences affiliated with CAP programs directly combat all forms of bullying. The network of regional support groups, annual events, fundraisers, and social media outreach is very beneficial. The passion displayed by the leadership through CAP groups has contributed to this unique nonprofit taking it from a local start up to full scale operations. Fundraising is the key to CAP continued success. The growth of the organization is primarily individuals, families friends, and community that is in some way touched by a person/group with alopecia. The great work of CAP is sustainable via this ongoing commitment and support, and the wise use of funds for programs and group activities that have a significant and direct positive impact. As CAP expands and continues with its mission, the need for corporate, foundation, and grant type funding streams will only make a great organization even greater. CAP looks forward to partnering with others that would like to make the future even brighter for CAP kids and families.

1 Beth35

Board Member

Rating: 5

Best support group available for children with alopecia. Helps with the self esteem of the children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

4 years ago our daughter was diagnosed with Alopecia. At this time we didn't know a single thing about Alopecia. A family friend recommended I contact the Children's Alopecia Project. At first I was hesitant b/c that would make Alopecia affecting my daughter "real." I wasn't ready yet. After about 6 months I finally put my fears aside and our family attended the CAP summer picnic in Wyomissing. Our entire family grew that day because we made friends with other families in our situation. CAP is a part of our life and without it our entire family would be at a loss with this disease. We love CAP and know you will too!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have found CAP. My 6 year old little girl has alopecia. She has had it since she was 3. She never knew she was different until she got to kindergarten and then experienced a lot of bullying. She kept up her smile and with the resource she was given at CAP Kids Camp she got over caring about what the bullies had to say.

1 lindsayhannah

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been apart of the CAP family for 7 years and it is LIFE CHANGING!! I struggled a lot with my alopecia growing up and had little support but once I joined CAP I had this instant connection that became my family! My life has changed for the better. This organization is the best for self esteem boosting and positivity! Beyond grateful for this organization. I wouldn't be who or where I am without it today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Childrens Alopecia Project is an amazing, life changing, self esteem boosting, loving organization! I lost all my hair at the age of two and started volunteering with CAP 6 years ago and it's been the best 6 years to be able to meet, learn from, grow with and be apart of the family! I've never felt as accepted and loved in my entire life until I joined CAP! I'm thankful everyday for this organization, the people it's blessed me with as well as all the opportunities! CAP truly is life changing and I can't say enough about all of the great work and events it does!

1 Wendy172

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAP has been amazing to not only my two boys who have alopecia, but to our whole family. The support has been life changing. Jeff travels around the US visiting schools to teach them about alopecia. They also have a camp called Alopeciapalooza, that is for children and adults with alopecia and their families.
My boys gained an increase in confidence and made so many friends while at Alopeciapalooza. It felt like being home. CAP does not charge any child with alopecia to attend. Our family went twice and we plan on going next year as well. Best experience ever. If you have never gone....you should.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both of my twin boys have alopecia. They felt alone, different, and lost. Thanks to Children's Alopecia Project we were able to meet so many wonderful families. It has helped both of my boys be more confident and greatly helped their self esteem.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jeff, the founder of CAP has been the first to introduce me to other individual who have aloepcia and live regular normal lives. He is a real special man, with a real special family, who run a real special organization!!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's a safe place where they only care about self-esteem and how the family is handling everything. Very great!!

3 Childrens Alopecia Project

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nothing but support for families. CAP makes sense out of a disease that makes none. It's about the children, not their hair.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the founder, so I am bias. Please visit www.childrensalopeciaproject.org and see if you think we try to help build self-esteem, provide support and raise awareness. Thank you and take care. Founder, Jeff Woytovich Children's Alopecia Project, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter began losing her hair, she felt alone and did not know anyone like her. Children's Alopecia Project has changed her life and my life, too! She met other kids that were just like her and knew what she was feeling and I met other parents that knew what I was going through. My daughter is self confident and CAP played a huge role in that. I will forever be thankful for Jeff and his mission to encourage and help all kids facing the challenges, physically and emotionally, with hair loss. It's our CAP, we all wear it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughter lost her hair at 8yo, so also lost her confidence and happiness. She got bullied and she was devastated and we were heartbroken for her. Ever since we got involved with CAP, things changed for the better. CAP is definitely life changing & even life saving. CAP is supportive, uplifting, accepting & totally awesome beyond words!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CAP is all about the children with alopecia not the alopecia in a child. They focus on self-esteem and confidence and not treatments and cures. They try to let kids know that everyone is different and that is normal!

4 Colene D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Children's Alopecia project helped my daughter see she was not alone and the only little girl like her. She struggled with bullies and the groups at one of the summer activities helped her to learn to cope. She was given this opportunity free because of the love and hard work put in to making these camps free for the kids with alopecia.

4 Glenn N L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAP is a wonderful organization that helps children with any form of Alopecia. It allows these children to meet others that have the same incurable condition, which causes them to lose their hair. The focus is to help the children grow self-esteem and to spread awareness. To see these kids interact with each other is just amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is an organisation that is what all organisations should aspire to....its about the kids. Building lifelong friendships, self esteem, and a level of confidence someone with our without Alopecia of any brand would want to achieve. It has done wonders for our son, who i turn, instills confidence around the world, with a condition he is not afraid of or worries about, but loves and owns.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children's Alopecia Project is truly a magical organization. CAP has brought our family together with many other families that are facing the same challenges that we do -- and there is an instantaneous bond. We help each other get through the tough days and celebrate the amazing days. CAP focuses on building each child's self esteem. Through CAP, our family has had so many special experiences. We are all so grateful to this organization! We have become not only clients served, but also want to give back to this community and have become avid volunteers and advocates! We LOVE CAP!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter (who was in Kindergarten) has Alopecia Universalis and lost all the hair on her head and the rest of her body last January. It was very quick and shook her self as teem. It mad her feel different and worried about making friends. We went to camp this year, so she could meet other children like her. My daughter never goes bald in public and at camp she ran out of the car with nothing to cover her bald head. She made friends and asked questions to others about how they cope and manage living with this condition...and yes all from someone about to enter the first grade. My daughter had a great experience and now she knows, she is not the only child like this and she is not alone.