She Lost Her Hair, But Gained a Passion for Helping Others
She inspires by her willingness to help, and not allowing her disease to stop her.
Madalyn Gorgacz could have felt sorry for herself when she started losing her hair in second grade. Instead, she's worked to make a difference by educating people about Alopecia, the autoimmune disease that caused her hair loss, and raising funds for other children with the disease.
Madalyn (right) at one of her events.
Madalyn is a sophomore at Union High School in New Castle. Pa. For the past seven years her non-profit, Madalyn's Mile , has been holding regular fundraiers like benefit runs, and sponsoring hair donation drives throughout the year. Her latest fundraiser is taking the form of a bingo scheduled for this Sunday afternoon. If you're in the area, click here to find out how to attend .
No matter where you live, you can support Madalyn in her fight to help others, and even find a cure for Alopecia:
- Children With Hair Loss helps cover the cost of providing wigs to children with Alopecia, burn victims, and cancer patients. They also take donations of hair.
- The National Alopecia Areata Foundation funds research into a cure for the disease.
Madalyn doesn't let Alopecia stop her from doing the things she loves. The New Castle News reports that she's a competitive dancer, a varsity cheerleader, a member of the volleyball team and Student Council secretary. She also received the Western Pennsylvania Positive Athletes Award this year. She's hoping to become a pediatric nurse for children with special needs.
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(Images: Madalyn's Mile Facebook page )