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Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey gives young alopecia sufferer day to remember

Published: 29.09.2014
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Jonjo Shelvey who is a midfielder for English club Swansea City, made a young fan's dreams come true last week.
The fan, Harry, a seven year old boy suffering from a hair loss condition alopecia totallis, which will caused them to lose all the hair on their head. Both Shelvey and Harry suffer from this condition. 

Harry wrote to the player asking him to visit his primary school.
In the letter, he say: 
"My name is Harry and I have Alopecia like you. Do you like it? I think it is medium because I can’t get nits and don’t have to go to the hairdressers – which is good. I don’t really like it though."

He also asked Shelvey if he would come to his school and meet his friends.

Harry's mother Nic also wrote: 
"He is going through a really tough time at the moment and it would be a real boost for him to have a response from you."

But instead of turning up in the boy's school, Shelvey brought Harry and his parents to watch Swansea's match against Southampton. Shelvey also made him an official mascot and they walked hand in hand before the kick off.

Shelvey told the official Swansea site:
"I know what it was like for me growing up as a boy with Alopecia. It was quite tough for me with people calling me names and things. I felt for Harry when I got the letter and it was nice for me to share some of my experiences with him and to try and guide him along the right lines."

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