Real Teens. Real Challenges. Real Solutions.

Sasha Ryjik

Sasha began fencing when he was nine years old and was the top-ranked male junior fencer in the U.S.-winning multiple national and world championships. Fencing requires great skill, speed, stamina, coordination, and balance. Sasha fences with a sabre, the modern version of a cavalry sword, using not only the point but the blade in competition. Sasha worked hard in his sport and his academics and his skills grew every year; but as he began high school, he began losing his hair – all his hair, including his eyebrows and eyelashes. He was diagnosed with alopecia universalis. You can see how Sasha dealt with the physical and emotional impact of his condition-and find out where he’s learning, competing, and giving back to children in difficult circumstances!