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Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community. Since 2007, we’ve brought lunches, workshops and demonstrations to 60 cities in 25 states, and are connecting more women all the time. BGDL is the only non-profit specifically created specifically for women with alopecia areata, the autoimmune skin disease that stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. Alopecia can have a devastating effect on a woman’s self-image — but sitting around and wishing for a cure or treatment is NOT what we’re about! In addition to our lunches and events, we have an active blog and newsletter, and cosmetic line called Signature Collection. You can check them out at www.baldgirlsdolunch.org.

Results: Over 2500 women with alopecia areata receiving e-newsletter..... One-on-One makeup sessions with professional artists at BGDL Beauty Workshops in NY, IL, CT and RI...... Infographic: "Understanding the Lives of Women with Alopecia Areata"..... 3-time Gold Triangle Award winner from the American Academy of Dermatology..... "Virtual Lunch" - the only e-newsletter created for women with alopecia areata with outstanding open rates!..... Comprehensive weekly educational blog at blog.baldgirlsdolunch.org

Target demographics: Women and teen girls with any type and any duration of the autoimmune skin disorder, alopecia areata. We also assist women with scarring alopecias.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide USA, Canada and global

Programs: In-person workshops, meet-ups , social and educational activities to conquer the isolation experienced by women with alopecia areata. Our global communications, superb e-newsletter and in-person events for women bring true life changes. Care packages for the newly diagnosed include our very own Sleep-hat.....both a real and a virtual hug from the women in our network to our newly diagnosed "sisters".

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's not often that a non-profit is able to so clearly deliver on its mission. BGDL is one of the rare organizations that has a clear mission and is able to truly help. Women with alopecia finally have a place where they can get the support and information they need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

By her example, Thea demonstrates to the entire alopecia community what it means to navigate the "outside world" with dignity. God bless you!!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

NAAF is great and serves many useful functions. But Bald Girls is an intimate sisterhood that has helped me through some very dark days in a way that a big corporate organization never could. Thea, you are a blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is my go-to alopecia resource. As a blog subscriber and follower of BGDL, I rely on this organization because they truly care about what is important to me. Thea takes the time to answer all my questions. I am so glad this organization helps me and my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So responsive! When my 12 year-old daughter, Rachel, was recently diagnosed with alopecia areata my wife and I got online to learn as much as we could as quickly as possible. We found Bald Girls Do Lunch to go above and beyond our expectations. We talked to Thea at Bald Girls Do Lunch who answered all our questions the same day. We just knew talking to her that we were in good hands and that she was all about getting us sorted out and on the right path.
We feel so relieved to know there is this is resource for parents of girls. Thea got us connected with a young woman in her phone support list because she knew that this particular person got her alopecia the same age as our Rachel.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea is awesome. I only wish I knew about Bald Girls years ago.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has really strengthened my resolve to be strong in public. I live in the desert and it's too hot for wigs or hats so bravery is the only way to go. Thank you Thea and BGDL.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to find Bald Girls Do Lunch when I lost my hair at age 59. Thea Chassin showed me that you can be beautiful when you are bald. She showed me how to wear head scarves & how to apply makeup - especially eye brows! She introduced me to others with alopecia and sharing our stories was so helpful to all of us. This may not be the most debilitating disease, but mentally it does take a toll. Thea and her organization mitigate its impact.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first was diagnosed with AU in the early 1990's and could have really used a group like BGDL. I went ten yrs with AU then in 2003 I was blessed with total hair growth. I have had all my hair back now for 11 yrs. but now I am again losing my hair. Just knowing that BGDL is there for me and many others just like me is comforting. Thank you for all the information you have provided.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a phenomenal organization! I lost all of the hair on my body five years ago. BGDL offers resources, support and most importantly a community where I fit in and feel like "one of the girls." BGDL offers the latest information on clinical research - the good and the bad. It offers hope, not specifically for a cure, but for being at peace with who I am as a bald woman. It offers advice on talking about being bald and it also offers humor, which is probably one of the hardest things to regain when your hair is gone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit out there! When you are a bald woman, you feel so alone and Bald Girls Do Lunch really makes you feel connected with other women like you! There are other great Alopecia groups out there, but none are as awesome as Bald Girls Do Lunch!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this web cite! When I did not know where to turn the week my daughter lost all her hair, Thea was right there willing to help. I stumbled on the web address and found the support I needed, up close and personal. Six years have passed an I still look forward to the wisdom I gain. Thank you!