Sheriff's office show little girl with autoimmune disease 'it is just hair' (VIDEO)

30 members of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois showed their support of a 5-year-old little girl by calling in local hairdressers for a skin-close cut.

Lisa Pope said people often think her daughter, Cassie, is fighting cancer, but that’s not the case. Cassie has a condition known as alopecia, an autoimmune disease that effects the hair follicles and results in complete hair loss, including that of the eyebrows and eyelashes.

“We want people to know that just because someone looks different they are still normal,” said Cassie’s mother, Lisa Pope. “They don’t need to be treated differently. We are very happy and blessed that Cassie can walk, talk, see, hear and play like any 5-year-old girl.”

Lisa pointed out that all children have struggles and “Cassie just doesn’t have hair.”

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider said this was the second time he has shaved his head to show support. He said he simply wanted Cassie to know “it is just hair” and doesn’t define who she is.

[ Fox 55 27 ]

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