Lee's Summit R-7 School District
(From left): Kinley McKay, Shannon O'Brien and Gabby Mora.

Highland Park Elementary held an assembly on alopecia, and celebrated one of their own

Fox 4’s Shannon O’Brien visited Highland Park Elementary this week to report on a special assembly for Alopecia Areta Awareness Month — an assembly led by Children’s Alopecia Project founder John Woytovich.

But the stars of the broadcast were two LSR7 students, Highland Park Elementary’s Gabby Mora, and Hawthorn Hill Elementary’s Kinley McKay. Gabby and Kinley both have the autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

While the assembly, made possible with the help of Gabby’s mom, Michelle, emphasized a message of embracing everyone’s differences, the Highland Park Elementary students demonstrated that first hand.

They raised $655 for the Children’s Alopecia Project through a Crazy Hat Day fundraiser.

O’Brien told Highland Park staffers that the assignment was special to her. She also has an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

“I have an autoimmune disease too,” O’Brien said as she sat down with Gabby and Kinley for a conversation about their experiences at school, Alopecia awareness and being beautiful.

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