Children, teachers wear pink wigs to support classmate with skin disease

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/WCVB)

ASHLAND, Mass. (WSYX/WTTE) -- Students in a Massachusetts community wore pink wigs to school as a show support for a classmate.

According to WCVB, frst-grader Ellie Atherton was diagnosed with alopecia areata, an auto-immune disorder causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. that affects nearly 7 million people in the US.

The discovery was in the fall when her mom discovered a bald spot the day before school started. By April, most of her hair was gone, so she decided to shave her head and wear wigs instead.

While it remains unclear if Alopecia areata will affect her for the rest of her life, her teachers and classmates wanted her to provide some colorful support Tuesday with "pink wig day" throughout the district.

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