The Girl from Orchard Park with Alopecia is an authentic story about a poor young black girl affected by the alopecia hair disease at a young age, living in the vicious Orchard Park projects in the violent part of Roxbury during the late ’70s and ’80s. How she dealt with the disease as well as the bullying in the project and in life in general. This is based on a true story detailing her life with alopecia. There are also facts about the disease that she brings to light that affect the alopecia community specifically. She believes that there should be more research done and general information on the disease and is an advocate of any new cure being worked on for it.
Delena Smith was born in Albany, New York, and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She lived in the Orchard Park housing project from a little girl up until her late teen years. She witnessed a lot of life-shattering events there that eventually brought her to life. Being bullied frequently throughout the years in turn made her resilient. Depression was a battle she won, giving hope and inspiration to people that suffer from alopecia that they could defeat the disease as well. She wouldn’t always feel like a loser to the female bullies like she did when she was a little girl. She could win by succeeding and living on to tell her experiences, and that she did.