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Taking one for the kids

Father will be tased, pepper-sprayed and doused with water

POLO – A Polo dad will be tased, pepper-sprayed, and doused with water from a fire hose at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Polo Fire House, 206 S. Franklin Ave., to raise money and bring awareness to the auto-immune disorder alopecia areata.

Alopecia causes hair loss, especially distressing to youngsters like Ken Yingling’s son, Nathaniel, who deals not only with the symptoms but also with people who lack understanding of the disorder and often make rude or insensitive comments and assumptions.

To raise money for the Children’s Alopecia Project, which helps build self-esteem for and support youngsters with the disorder, Yingling pledged to be soaked with a deluge of 3,000 gallons of water from a fire hose if $300 was raised, then upped the ante to be tased for $600, and finally agreed to be pepper-sprayed for $900 in contributions.

“Since I’ve raised $1,000, I’m going to do all three,” Yingling said.

CAP founder Jeff Woytovich also is scheduled to be on hand, and the whole thing will be live-streamed on CAP’s Facebook page, Yingling said.

CAP puts on camps nationwide for kids with alopecia; donations ensure the kids don’t pay to attend. Donations can be made, and more information can be found, at childrensalopeciaproject.org and on Facebook.

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