Dean Monti 2015-07-31 00:21:51
In the Community On a daily basis, individuals are taking action to promote healthy skin and healthy lives from the local to the global community. In each issue, Aspire’s “In the Community” column will recognize individual activities and accomplishments that serve this mission. If you or someone you know has volunteered with a community service organization—within dermatology, medicine, or otherwise — or participated in a medical mission, won an award, or made any type of civic contribution, we want to hear from you. Please submit your name and brief description of the activity or accomplishment to email@example.com. A lopecia has, unfortunately, visited the Baldwin family more often than unwelcome houseguests. Patty Baldwin told Aspire that her husband, Chris, was diagnosed with alopecia 15 years ago, at age 45. Their son Brian (now 27) was diagnosed at 22, and six years ago–at the age of nine–Brian’s younger brother, Noah, was diagnosed with alopecia universalis. Noah is now 15, and for the past two years, he’s been working with his family to raise awareness of alopecia and raise funds for AAD’s Camp Discovery. The Baldwins found AAD’s Camp Discovery through contacts with other parents whose children have the same condition. “Noah went to Camp Discovery for several years and totally enjoyed his time there,” his mother Patty said. “His self-esteem has heightened, as well as his confidence.” Their positive experience with Camp Discovery inspired them to want to give back. “At first we made a flat donation to Camp Discovery, but always felt we could do better through a fundraiser, which prompted the house sale.” So they asked friends, neighbors, and family for donations of anything they no longer needed. With the help of volunteers, they collected, priced, and set up a sale in Noah’s name at Patty’s house. Their first sale was in April of 2014. They sold furniture, new and used household items such as dishes, glassware, linens, chairs, craft items, well-used sporting equipment (including a child’s fencing outfit), a train table, and costume jewelry. Legos were a big hit. They quickly proved that no item was worthless. Whether it drew one dollar, ten, or one hundred, the numbers added up to a hefty donation. The success of that effort prompted a second sale in May of this year. Between the two house sales, they’ve currently raised more than $4,000 for Camp Discovery, and plan to continue the annual house sales. “It’s a great way to raise money for such a wonderful cause,” Patty said.
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