Community raises money for five-year-old girl with Alpoecia to get new wig
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WSET) -- Kerrington Bervine is a five-year-old girl who has Alopecia, a medical condition that's causing her to lose all of the hair on her head.
According to WTKR, the young girl's local community came together to raise over $500 for her to buy a customized wig. The money was raised by Christmas day.
Candince Chunn, Kerrington's mother, said she noticed signs of Alopecia on her daughter's head when she found a bald spot while washing her hair a year ago.
"It happened literally like overnight. She'll go to bed and wake up and it'll be another one and then she'll go to bed and wake up and there's another one. So we took her to the doctor after we did some research we figured it was Alopecia," Chunn said.
Her mother would have Kerrington's hair done in different styles to cover the spots, but over the course of months her hair was all gone.
"Alopecia means when your hair is falling out you have to be strong at school," said Kerrington.
Kerrington wears a turban to school and says it's not easy because sometimes the kids will teaser her.
"I can't make it go away. I can't make her hair grow back and it hurts," her mother said.
Kerrington's parents got her a customized wig with a wig cap made for people with Alopecia. It was priced at $540.
In addition, Kerrington asked her parents to cut their hair off as well.
They created a viral movement called #BaldandBoujee. The phrase can also be found on t-shirts in order to spread awareness of Alopecia and support Kerrington.
"My friends are being brave too because some of them have Alopecia," Kerrington shared.
Although Kerrington will be receiving a wig to make her happy, her parents are continuing to remind her that her hair does not define her beauty.
"Hair, short hair, it doesn't matter, but right now because she's still young," Chunn said.
Kerrington and her family will be traveling to North Carolina to have her fitted for the new wig.