College Heights senior Kaynahn Burk uses her difference to make a difference

Burk is bring awareness to alopecia and is raising money to help research for a cure

JOPLIN, Mo. – College Heights senior Kaynahn Burk was diagnosed with alopecia when she was just 10 months old. She has never let the skin disease slow her down. Instead, she says it’s been a blessing in disguise.

“It’s been a really cool way to just show other people, encourage other people who have alopecia or even cancer that are losing hair — they don’t have to let the lack of hair define them. You can do what you want to and be different,” says Burk.

Burk plays volleyball, basketball, and is a two-time power lifting state champion for College Heights. She says on or off the court, she wants to use her platform to help others.

“How you can use your difference to make a difference because everyone’s different in their own way. And I think that people don’t realize sometimes that they can use whatever insecurity they have and bring it to the light and help other feel the same way,” adds Burk.

Burk is selling t-shirts that she designed to help fund research to find a cure for alopecia.

“I have always wanted to do some sort of fundraiser or something to help people like me,” says Burk. “This past year I met this little girl who has alopecia and it really inspired me because I don’t know a whole lot of people who have alopecia and just seeing her and seeing how — oh my goodness I can make a difference where one day she could have hair. Maybe I could help raise money. And bring about that awareness to help people just like me.”

Burk says it’s her faith that inspires her to keep going.

“I want people to look at me and notice that there is something different. Not because of me or my strength, but truly through Jesus Christ and what he has done in my life because I would have no confidence if it wasn’t for Him. And for an amazing support group that I have,” adds Burk.

Burk’s t-shirts are being sold for $20 online here. 100% of the profits will go to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation for research to find a cure.