Jesse’s Story: A Real Life Super Hero

Nine-year-old Jesse London is proof that super heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. He recently created a comic book about his autoimmune disease, alopecia, which leads to extensive hair loss.

“I was being bullied…and thought of writing this book to share my story to stop the bullies and help other people who look or feel different and are going through their own struggle,” explains Jesse. He’s already received more than 100 letters from fellow students at Woodland Hills Charter Elementary School praising his efforts. “I hope people who read my book will learn not to judge a book by its cover and that we are all different,” says Jesse. “That’s what makes us unique!”

Jesse’s main mission is to educate everyone about alopecia. Autoimmune diseases, such as alopecia, are not contagious. They can occur anytime in one life. Although nearly 2% of Americans have some form of this disease, the public is barely aware it exists. Unfortunately, there is still no cure.

“I am the same person with our without hair,” Jesse exclaims. “The next time you see someone different…smile, don’t stare! Be kind!” This courageous super hero looks forward to create more comic books communicating his story. – For more information visit

By Lori Berezin