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MILWAUKEE - "Kiah Lang Hat Day" at Spanish Immersion School in Milwaukee was a huge success. It took place December 10, of 2010.
It was a stunning show of solidarity for 8-year-old Kiah Lang. Like MIss Delaware and former Bucks Player Charlie Villanueva,
Kiah lives with Alopecia Areata. It's an auto-immune disease that results in the partial or total loss of Body Hair. Kiah tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Carole Meekins that it feels good when all of her classmates wear hats in her honor.
Kaycee Lang, Kiah's describes her younger sibling this way. "She's just like a regular kid, it's just that she doesn't have any hair." Kiah's father, Josh Lang is a Research Assistant at UWM. Lang had to educate himself on his daughter condition. He recalls, "When she first had a couple of bald spots showing up we had no idea what was going on. Kiah was about 3 years old when she lost all of her hair.
Today, Lang and his daughters work hard on behalf of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Kaycee shares, "Whenever we have family parties I waitress around and collect money for the foundation" About 5 MIllion people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with alopecia areata. That's about 2 percent of the population.
Right now, there is no cure. But Kiah has learned bravely how to deal with her disease. It does not keep her away from her many hobbies which include playing school, playing house, art, gym, dancing and singing. She recently won and award for her achievements in Tae Kwon Do.
Josh Lang is blessed his child attends a school that is encouraging classmates to understand Kiah's condition. Lang notes, "She goes to school with kids that kind of rally around her. It really shows a lot of understanding tolerance."
And through the Alopecia Areata Foundation, Kiah can see that bald really is beautiful. And perhaps even more beautiful, the students and staff at Spanish Immersion School. Because it's a place where classmates have used their heads, to open their hearts.