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Support group helps those with hair loss disease

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Members of the Mississippi Alopecia Areata Support Group meet for the first time in Hattiesburg Saturday. Members of the Mississippi Alopecia Areata Support Group meet for the first time in Hattiesburg Saturday.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A new, statewide support group has been organized in Hattiesburg for people who suffer from a disease that causes hair loss. The Mississippi Alopecia Areata Support Group met for the first time at the Richburg Voting Precinct Saturday.

Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disorder which results in hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

It can affect men and women of all ages and races.

"It's a great turnout, I'm really excited and even if it was just for one and it made a difference for them, it would be worth it for us," said Laura Largen, leader of the support group. Her 11-year-old son, Sam, has the disease.

"It just helps me feel better meeting other people with the disease," Sam said.

"The best part would be talking to the kids who may be going through struggles right now and a lot of times, talking to the parents, who may be struggling more than their kids," said Josh Richards, 24, of Hattiesburg. He also suffers from the disease.

For more information about the group, you can go to the website www.naaf.org or call (601) 530-2020.

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