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California Teen Vikram Bhatt Raises Money to Find a Cure for Alopecia

Laguna Hills, CA, April 28, 2007 --( Vikram Bhatt (age 15), a Straight A 9th grade student at Laguna Hills High School has initiated a noble fundraising charity to research the cures for Alopecia Areata that results in the loss of hair. This common non-contagious but very challenging disease affects more than 4.7 million American males and females of all ages. It has profound impact on one's life and functional status, both at work and at school.

Vikram has suffered from Alopecia Areata since he was 5 years old. A few years ago, Vikram initiated a noble fundraising charity to research the cures for this disease. Among other things, he designed and got manufactured attractive wristbands. With the permission of the appropriate authorities, Vikram spent numerous hours selling the wristbands for $2 each to the students and parents of La Paz Middle School, Laguna Hills Little League, and Mission Viejo National Juniors Basketball League. Friends and others of Vikram were supportive of his charity efforts. Profits from these events were submitted to National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).

After joining Laguna Hills High School (LHHS), Vikram continued his goal of creating awareness about this disease and assisting NAAF. With the permission of the Principal of LHHS, Vikram founded “Fighting Alopecia Areata Club”, a Charity Club at LHHS.

Many of Vikram's friends and fellow students have become a part of this Club. ALL the kids in this Club are helping to increase the awareness and to raise funds to cure Alopecia. This club’s objectives are to increase public awareness of Alopecia Areata and raise funds for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the disease. In order to do so, they organize school and local events, donating all profits to aid this nonprofit organization.

During a fund raising event outside Wal-Mart in Aliso Viejo CA, LHHS Fighting Alopecia Areata Club raised almost $800 by selling cool wristbands for $2 each.

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