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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

7 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.

3 Bravemed

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've never felt excluded by BGDL and in fact, what helps some of us, helps all of us. The organization is doing a wonderful job in bringing attention to women's hair loss. I've had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Thea. We support each other's efforts in raising awareness of women's hair loss and more importantly, supporting our sisters to be brave and help others understand this condition. BRAVA!! --Candace Hoffmann author "Breaking the Silence on Women's Hair Loss."

Previous Stories
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is bringing a grass roots, woman-to-woman awareness and support to the plight of women with alopecia areata. Thea Chassin is single-handedly leading the charge to bring a larger awareness to the condition and challenge the science community to seriously work on finding a cure. She is helping give women a voice and fellowship as she travels the nation with a simple idea -- hey let's do lunch. Let's talk. Bravo!

3 Jan_66

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a clinical social worker and someone who has had alopecia since age 5 (I'm now 63), I feel very grateful for BGDL. I wish organizations like BGDL, Alopecia World and NAAF had been around when I was younger. It is incredibly important
for individuals and families to have knowledge, support and caring as they live with and learn to accept and managing the effects of Alopecia.

Thea has an incredible and positive spirit, great sensitivity to others and has made a great contribution.

3 New I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Bald Girls Do Lunch on different projects has been an enriching experience. In this capacity, I have been receiving all their communications and I also follow this organization on social media. I am amazed at the depth of topics presented as they pertain to living a fulfilled and successful life as a woman or girl with alopecia.
It never ceases to amaze me how well-researched every blog post, every article is and also how Bald Girls does respect the autonomy of each member/reader. Information is presented objectively. There is never any pressure to partake in anything, to do anything, etc. The decision to act is always up to you. I appreciate that, as so many organizations push and pull at the same time. I had to privilege to meet Thea Chassin, Founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch many times in person. She has a very special way to empower women drawn from her own experience as a woman with alopecia. A very rare combination of high professionalism with high ethics with a great heart - that is Thea as well as the MO of her organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a successful and dedicated organization achieving its visionary goals under the leadership of Thea Chassin. Her commitment is inspiring and she has a great ability to move projects forward and to assure that they reach completion. Bald Girls Do Lunch provides a great and valuable service for the alopecia areata community and should be lauded for its wonderful work.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Maximum Exposure PR has worked with Bald Girls Do Lunch on many occasions. The organization is reliable, professional, and helps women is so many ways. We would be honored to work with Bald Girls Do Lunch on another event in the future. It was a pleasure working with the organization and with Thea, the founder. Bald Girls Do Lunch is an amazing organization helping many women across the country.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a great resource for women with alopecia. The Children's Alopecia Project is proud to partner with them as they help to restore self-esteem in women living with hair loss.