Teenage Olivia Rusk is totally bald due to the medical condition, alopecia. When she was only 8 years old, she shed her custom wig and bravely marched into her 3rd grade classroom without hair. That day changed her life forever. What began as Olivia's desire to be "herself", quickly evolved into Olivia's message that "It's Okay to be Different", anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention. In 2007, Olivia (with her mom) founded Olivia's Cause to share her story and message. Olivia's Cause is a non-profit corporation in the state of Indiana.
Olivia's hair loss could have devastated her life, but instead it
has given her a powerful platform to share her message. She has shared her story of living with alopecia with literally thousands of kids/ teens through out Central Indiana and beyond. As a result,
her story has been featured in the media numerous times, including The Today Show, USA Today, Fox 59 News, WTHR News, WRTV News, WISH News, The Indianapolis Star, The Fishers Star, Indianapolis Woman Magazine, Highlights Magazine for Kids, Seventeen Magazine's website and many more.
In 2008, Olivia began her professional career as a Kidcaster
for Radio Disney 98.3 Indianapolis and as a Teen Motivational
Speaker. When she was 10 years old, Olivia produced and starred
in a music video about teen bullying called "I Could Be Great!"
(click on Olivia's Music Video to view) It has been viewed
worldwide on YouTube and several other sites.
In 2012, Olivia added author to her list of accomplishments,
when she wrote and published, "Just Your Average Teenager,
Who Happens To Be Bald".
Olivia on the red carpet at the Girls Are Worth It Event, where she was one of the guest speakers. The event was held in Hollywood,
CA and was hosted by Catt Sadler of E News and The Women Like