The Yankees wrap up HOPE Week today. Here are the details from the Yankees…
The New York Yankees are proud to conclude HOPE Week 2012 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Friday by celebrating the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP) and the group’s founders, the Woytovich family. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, current Yankees players including Alex Rodriguez, Freddy Garcia, Andruw Jones, Ivan Nova, Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade and Dewayne Wise, former Yankees players Darryl Strawberry and David Wells, current bullpen coach Mike Harkey, former Rutgers football player and current HOPE Week ambassador Eric LeGrand, and Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creature “Bald Vinny” Milano will all honor CAP kids with a picnic at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Events will include face- and head-painting, a scavenger hunt, lunch and games. After the picnic, CAP kids and their families will be invited to Yankee Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the White Sox. The Woytovich family and the children of CAP will watch batting practice from the field and be part of pregame on-field ceremonies.
THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN’S ALOPECIA PROJECT (CAP)
In October 2003, while Betsy Woytovich was undoing the braids of her 5-year-old daughter Madison, hair began coming out in clumps. A doctor soon confirmed that Madison had alopecia, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, leading to hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere in varying degrees. It is a condition that affects approximately 4 million Americans.
Madison’s father, Jeff, searched for a support network, only to discover that there was no organization that focused on children with alopecia. They wanted to make sure that Madison and children like her maintained their confidence and self-esteem heading into their teenage years. So in August 2004, Jeff and Betsy created the Children’s Alopecia Project which focuses on three goals—to build self-esteem, provide support and raise awareness.
There are now 15 “CAP” Kids Support Groups all around the country that regularly work with families from 30 states. Additionally, there are associated groups in Hong Kong, Canada, South America and Russia. Over 1,000 families are registered members of CAP, while at least 10,000 families have received information or been counseled by members of CAP.