Wig Free - Ruth McPherson
Ruth has lived with alopecia for ten years. She is challenging herself to go wig free for a week to raise money for Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK.
Ruth's hair began to fall out almost ten years ago, the summer after she left Gordonstoun age 18. Three months later, Ruth was completely bald.
Ruth was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease which occurs when the immune system attacks healthy hair follicles, often causing permanent hair loss. Although not damaging to physical health, alopecia can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health.
Doctors could unfortunately do very little to help, as there is no known cure or effective treatment for alopecia, so Ruth was left to get on with it as best I could.
Ruth will be going wig-free for a week from 26th October to 1st November to raise money for Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK.
Wig Free Week will be the first time Ruth will have ever gone out in public without her wig for an extended period of time, and the first time that she will have shared photographs of for bald head.
AAR-UK are a fantastic charity, run by two inspirational women with alopecia, who are working to set up the UK’s first bio bank for autoimmune alopecia research. The data they collect will prove invaluable to finding out what causes alopecia and may one day help find a cure to help sufferers across the world.
To find out more about Ruth's challegne visit her fundraising page and her blog. Ruth has also uploaded a video to Youtube