As most readers are likely aware, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was seriously injured in the game Monday night. As of 10 AM Pacific time there has not been a medical update as to the extent of damage to his spine.


Less known to some is that Ryan Shazier had a difficult time growing up because he had alopecia or hair loss. Like many conditions, alopecia has a range from little or no hair on small parts of the scalp to universal hair loss. There are at least 48 genes implicated in various types of alopecia.  Ryan Shazier spent a lot of time and effort into speaking at schools about the need for compassion for people with alopecia. One of the good guys.