Macomb Township youngster experiencing nearly full hair regrowth

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 3, 2019

 The Clark family enjoys Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village last year. Easton Clark, sitting on the right, is experiencing nearly full regrowth of his hair.

The Clark family enjoys Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village last year. Easton Clark, sitting on the right, is experiencing nearly full regrowth of his hair.

Photo provided by Amber Clark

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In the time since Easton Clark hosted a lemonade stand to benefit a local nonprofit, he’s experienced some positive progress himself.

The 4-year-old Macomb Township boy held a lemonade stand in August, raising over $1,000 for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan. Clark was diagnosed with alopecia areata when he was 1.

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation states that alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes on other areas of the body. It affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S.

Clark is enrolled at Little Turtle Preschool in Macomb Township.

“So far, so good at school,” Clark’s mother, Amber Clark, said. “He seems to like it.”

In August, Amber said Easton wasn’t receiving treatment, something that he doesn’t mind.

Now, she said Easton is experiencing nearly full regrowth of his hair.

“This is the most hair he’s had since he was 1. He’s in a really good spot,” Amber said. “He has a couple bald spots here and there, but this is probably the best progress we’ve seen since he was diagnosed.”

She said that when Easton turned 1, his hair started falling out.

“Doctors didn’t know what it was, and it took us going to a specialist to find out,” Amber said. “Aside from the hair loss, he thankfully hasn’t had anything else to go along with it.”

Amber said the lemonade stand raised awareness, not only for Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, but alopecia too.

“Even after the lemonade stand, people kept sending money through Venmo to put toward the lemonade stand,” she added. “We wanted to raise the money, but ultimately, the biggest thing was raising awareness.”

Since August, Maggie Varney, the founder and CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, said many people have reached out to her, curious about what the organization offers.

Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon in St. Clair Shores is a nonprofit that provides wigs and support services at no charge to children and young adults experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other disorders.   

Amber said Maggie’s used the money her son raised through the lemonade stand to sponsor a child’s wig.

In September, National Alopecia Awareness Month, the Clarks sent out letters to Little Turtle families, explaining what alopecia is.

Amber said the idea to have a lemonade stand came from another Macomb Township family who has a little girl with alopecia, and Maggie’s sponsored a wig for the girl, whose mother started a Facebook fundraiser.

“I spoke with the mother about getting her daughter and Easton together next year in doing another lemonade stand,” Amber said.

Visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation at naaf.org for more information on how to get involved.

Donations to Maggie’s can be made by visiting wigs4kids.org.