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Alopecia Areata Support - Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

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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, and Canada

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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve seen first-hand the positive and powerful impact BGDL has on women and girls, and those who love them. Thea Chassin is the real deal and she leads from her heart, not just her head. Thea’s fostered a singularly effective community: a safe, compassionate and knowledgeable tribe that supports each other across multiple platforms. Whether you’re looking for the latest research, referrals, beauty tips, or coping strategies, BGDL is the most valuable alopecia resource available.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am from the United Kingdom and I am doing my Masters in Heath Psychology. My Masters dissertation project is looking at 'Black Women's Experience of Having Alopecia.' I have based my dissertation on alopecia as I have it as well and I thought it would be a great opportunity to do research in this area.

I came across Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc whilst searching on Google; I got in touch with Thea Chassin straight away to see if see could help promote my study on her page. Thea has been an excellent link to get Black/African American Women from the US to take part in my research.

I am really glad that I able to carry out this research on a topic I am passionate about.

Just want to say thank you to Thea and to anyone who has taken or wants to take part in my study (this will be running until July 2020).

Kind Regards

Paige CJ

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, Susie, has been a member of this outstanding group since its inception. She has been inspired, supported and guided by a diverse group of strong women with similar questions and concerns regarding alopecia. Thea Chassin, the founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch, has been an insightful and caring mentor to Susie and our family. We are
grateful to have found this organization and are proud to be a part of it.

Recently, a close friend was diagnosed with alopecia. I contacted Thea for guidance on how to help my friend through this frightening time. Thea immediately took the lead with phone calls and emails full of much needed support and knowledge. My friend has been forever grateful to have also
found this caring and supportive group.

Thank you Thea!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The truly amazing organization, Bald Girls Do Lunch, brings girls and women together with a real sense of caring and community, where they may have previously felt alone while coping with alopecia. Bravo, Thea!

Donor

Rating: 5

BGDL performs miracles for women with alopecia in taking on challenges that few, if any others are willing to tackle. Helping women adjust to what is often a devastating blow to their self-esteem is a wonderful calling. That's why I donate---to keep this vital organization working on its essential mission.

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thea3 10/09/2018

Thank you Chiara! We're thankful for the feedback from donors like you to fulfill our goal of erasing the shame and stigma felt by too many with this condition.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I continue to be inspired by Bald Girls Do Lunch. The positive impact they have on women during a difficult life transition beautiful, needed and always amazing!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned about Bald Girls Do Lunch and met founder Thea Chassin at an FDA hearing where alopecia areata patients shared their experiences with this disease. What a wonderful, supportive organization! Bald Girls Do Lunch provides credible information, ideas for living your best life with alopcia areata and ways to connect with other women and girls living with this disease for support, activities and events. Keep up this important good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Another year, another rewarding experience working with BGDL. The depth of the support for women with Alopecia is really unparalleled by any other organization. I always come away from my experiences fulfilled and excited to participate again. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have continued to be impressed with the positive impact that BGDL has had on the alopecia community. Especially in the last several years with their new makeup line. Helping women with alopecia to feel beautiful and pretty with products customized just to their needs has really furthered the organization's cause. I've been lucky enough to continue my involvement volunteering at various events and the experience has been very rewarding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is an organization that truly cares about those affected with alopecia areata and has established an exemplary group dedicated to helping women. At Concert Pharmaceuticals we have had the pleasure of getting to know and understand the mission of Bald Girls Do Lunch and there is a reason it is designated a “great non-profit”. They have done a remarkable job to support and bring families and its members together. In addition to the valuable network that Bald Girls Do Lunch provides its members, it is focused on understanding new treatments in development for the disease and serving as an important resource to help members understand the complexities associated with developing new treatments. We are honored to know this group!

4 Debra W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My meeting with BGDL was literally the only occasion in my life where I was able to sit at a table with others who have alopecia and talk about it. Hearing the stories of other women with this condition and sitting at a restaurant table talking openly about it was a game changer for me. At the time I was not investigating wigs and makeup options, and what I liked so much was that I was accepted for who I was and what I was feeling at that time. Since then I have entered another phase of experimenting with different wigs and makeup. And this organization is also a resource for those activities as well.

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thea3 09/05/2018

Hello Debra. It's so exciting to hear about your journey with alopecia, makep, wigs and all since we met at the Bald Girls dinner. Thank you for sharing that you, too, believe in options and experimenting. Your smile is gorgeous and the photos are so fun. You are the reason we're so passionate about guiding women into their own new normals. Keep in touch!

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Donor

Rating: 5

BGDL is inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and all around a wonderful group to be a part of. In 25 years of having this disease called Alopecia I have not come across another group that has met all my needs of support, education and inclusion.
Thank you BGDL for all you have done to help me and many others with this condition.
Women Empowering Women all day long. THANKS AGAIN!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BGDL has been a blessing to women with alopecia. There has been no other organization that has taken this task and made it successful in terms or bringing Women together to feed off each other's experiences. BGDL has increased my acceptance of this condition, BGDL has helped me have greater self-confidence, BGDL has even helped my daughter (although she doesn't have alopecia) be more accepting of me and of others that are different on the outside but are people just the same. THIS is what makes BGDL a great organization. Thank you BGDL for all you do.

4 Garrett H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an individual living with alopecia universalis and as a researcher and professor at Penn State University, I can personally attest to the wonderful work that Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch does for the alopecia areata community. I am currently conducting research on strategies clinicians and individuals with AA can use to ensure that individuals with AA continue living a very high quality of life, despite the presence of their symptoms. Thea reached out to me and volunteered to assist with recruiting participants from the AA community. The impact her assistance had on my study was unbelievable-our number of participants literally doubled in 48 hours! Due to her outreach, this potential of this project for making a positive impact is outstanding!

I have also been extremely impressed with the support for Bald Girls Do Lunch that I have heard about since connecting with this group. In my project, numerous participants have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch and the impact that this organization has had on their lives! It is very inspiring, and has motivated me to do what I can to better contribute to this community as an AA researcher.

My very best to Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch for their wonderful contributions to the betterment of other people :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this group. Very empowering for women with alopecia, or other forms of baldness. I often refer back to the group if I have questions or issues . Keep up the great work, BGDL! Hope to do lunch again soon!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I was first diagnosed with alopecia, I was lucky that a friend of mine knew the founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch. When I went to their lunch, it was the first time I met others with this condition & I learned how to tie a headscarf. Over the years, I have progressed to teaching others how to do that. Bald Girls Do Lunch also have great makeup - especially eye powder. But most of all, Thea, their founder is someone I can reach out to when a possible new cure is sent to me. The power of knowing you are not alone, that others are going through what you are going through is amazing. I am so grateful to this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bald Girls has been a wonderful experience sharing our thought & feelings about having Alepecia. You find out thru sharing you are not alone. So many have been affected by this autoimmune disease. Thea has brought so many folks together thru her lunches & it is such a good feeling.
Kudos to Thea & all that u have accomplished. I only hope there is a cure around the corner. Mimi M

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Donor

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is the best thing that happened to me as a parent since my daughter's alopecia areata returned. Lindsay was packing for college and her hair started shedding like crazy. Again. We thought her AA days were behind her, but apparently they weren't. Thank god we found Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch to help us get through it. Instead of giving our donations to a big and impersonal foundation for research I am so happy to support Bald Girls because I know how dedicated Thea and her phone volunteers are to go the extra for me and for Lindsay.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding example of an organization that has a clearly defined mission and lives up to it on every level. Bald Girls Do Lunch provides public education and support for women living with alopecia areata while also offering practical advice. Thank you, Thea Chassin, for continuing to help so many women!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by the multiple ways Bald Girls Do Lunch reaches out to the community. In addition to organizing special events and serving as an invaluable resource for information and support, BGDL also provides a vital service in educating the general public. The email newsletter is especially informative and well-designed. Thanks to Thea Chassin, countless people have had their lives changed for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls is a fantastic non-profit that makes an enormous impact in the lives of so many people. I’ve seen the incredible strength and guidance Thea offers to so many people and I recommend BGDL as a great resource for learning more about alopecia and the resources available to members of the alopecia community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BGDL is an amazing organization run by wonderful people that make a huge difference in the alopecia community. The kindness and friendship you receive from Thea is extraordinary and provides powerful support In difficult times. There is no other organization like BGDL and it deserves more stars than I can post.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thea’s drive and passion to empower women is in full force! Whether she’s talking to women at a lunch or giving a makeup tutorial, women with Alopecia can always count on her! Bald Girls Do Lunch should be every woman’s first stop after receiving their diagnosis. Keep up the amazing work, BGDL!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is no ordinary charity for alopecia, this is exemplary and it's called Bald Girls Do Lunch! I'm a proud donor to Bald Girls because when I called to get my questions answered, on behalf of my sister's new diagnosis, the professionalism, care and speed of response was fantastic. I know of another alopecia organization and honestly, Bald Girls is far superior for women. I wanted to know about beauty and style options because my sister is in transition....not enough hair to make a decent hair do, but she's not ready for a wig. She's struggling to figure out what to do. Thea Chassin herself gave me at least 6 different resources for head wraps, hats, partial wigs. She asked if I wanted to be connected with another woman in my region in the same situation helping a sister. That's the personal attention that I had heard Bald Girls is known for. I am eager to support them. And to top it off they sent their Alopecia Care Kit to my sister. It has a comfy sleep hat that Thea designed herself. It's just perfect. My sis loves it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For me, Bald Girls Do Lunch is a life saver. In my book, this organization excels at supporting women and girls with autoimmune alopecia areata. They are they best! I never expect them to be so spread out that they can answer every need for every woman's hair loss from every cause. Autoimmune disease is NOT general hair loss. Finding Bald Girls led by Thea Chassin has gotten me through my roughest patches. I know that if another big hair loss comes around, I can get the help I need through this responsive and creative network of women like me. My wish is that Bald Girls can continue to grow bigger and hold more frequent in-person events in my state of Missouri.

2 Marsha11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I HAVE dwarfism alopecia.
Grateful for this organization that supports all Alopecian gals.

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thea3 10/19/2017

Marsha, We're glad you like the support we provide! We learn a lot about the more rare occurrences of alopecia areata through patients like yourself

4 Erica Alida B.

Client Served

Rating: 4

BGDL is the first nonprofit organization that brought me true comfort and connection. Alopecia is a life long barrier and struggle for many women like myself. I was comforted to know I wasn’t alone and that there are real products that help build confidence as a bald woman. Today my hair has grown back but I know the cycle of hair loss will continue. I will keep on smiling and take it a hair at a time. Thank you for this organization.

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thea3 10/19/2017

We enjoyed your story, Erica, and thank you for taking the time to share your struggles . We are so happy to know that we have helped smooth the journey of live with alopecia areata for you. ~ Thea Chassin

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My diagnosis was so sudden. With one call to Bald Girls Do Lunch and reading about my condition in their online articles, I was so relieved. I learned so much in a short time. I trust their information. There is no other alopecia organization that shows how much they care about me! Thank you Thea and BGDL. I'm forever grateful

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Donor

Rating: 5

Brilliant and oh so caring! This should be the first stop always for women with alopecia areata. Bald Girls Do Lunch has just launched their newest Alopecia Care Kits . As one of the BG Passionistas, I got to help determine what should go into the kits. If I had had one when I was first diagnosed, I would have felt so connected to other women and to great resources.

I am always happy to donate to this charity because they do things that matter! I feel great when I see how far my donations go to help women with their day to day living.

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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!!

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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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Advisor

Rating: 5

Thea has taken her own experience and turned it into a positive program for others sharing the same issues. She goes far beyond others in this space by promoting positive solutions. Women looking for answers to the latest in alopecia areata research, how to look their best, alopecia support, shared stories and how to get involved find her Bald Girls Do Lunch the "go to" organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a fabulous organization! Thea's upbeat personality makes this organization a true hit-- she has a wealth of knowledge that ranges from makeup tips to how to debut the bald look. Sign up for a lunch or attend one of her fundraising events to see what it's all about, you won't regret it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the last beauty workshop event and I would definitely volunteer again! The event was very well organized and I could tell that all of the women were having such a great time.

6 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."

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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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish you included women with other causes of hair loss, like female pattern. I felt so sad when I learned I was not welcome at these meetings. I know you stick to your mission statement, but couldn't you branch out?

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thea3 08/06/2016

Thanks for your interest in Bald Girls Do Lunch, but I can't help but notice that your disappointment is misdirected. I see that you are very disappointed because our mission helps women with an autoimmune hair loss disease and you don't have an autoimmune hair loss disease. We're very successful and highly respected, so why would you take it out on us publicly with 1 star, as if saying that we are somehow unsuccessful? We're always known to go out of our way to be helpful, so I have an idea I hope you like. Female pattern hair loss is a serious concern as it causes much distress for women world-wide. I have had the honor to get to know ( because I educate them about alopecia areata) some of the most caring and talented specialists from many professional hair replacement centers across the United States. Many of them hold meet-ups specifically for women just like you with female pattern hair loss to meet others with the same concerns. If you need help finding a hair replacement center near you, we will do what we can to help you find one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to Bald Girls Do Lunch from a blog, as I was researching top products for creating eyebrows, as mine have basically become invisible over the years. I wanted make up products that would allow me to draw the brows on and keep them on. I ordered the brow powder, sealer and brush. Once my order was placed, I received an email asking questions about my hair coloring and skin tone, as there was a brow powder color that did not show up on the order form and may be a better match. After answering and asking a few questions it was determined that Dark Blonde would most likely be a better choice so my order color was changed. Thea, at Bald Girls Do Lunch, and I exchanged a few emails, and I felt like I had just made a new friend. She truly provided the absolute best Customer Service I have experienced probably ever in my life (and I am no spring chicken). Thea seemed to actually care about my satisfaction with the products and that I received the right products for me. I have since reordered and again, Thea, the true definition of Customer Service, sent me a personal email, thanking me for reordering from Bald Girls Do Lunch. I will continue to order, which supports medical hair loss issues. Here's to you, Thea, you are the best, Thank you again.

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thea3 07/28/2016

Thank you madgranmom for sharing your experience with our BGBrows.com alopecia makeup shop. Any time we can add a human touch, we're delighted to make alopecia that much easier to manage.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've had alopecia areata for 43 years, and this is the first event I've ever attended. I just wish groups and support like this were around when I was growing up with this disease. Although we had a small group, it was great to talk with other women about their experiences, as well as getting great tips on makeup and headwear from Thea, the founder of BGDL. I loved the relaxed setting of dinner and drinks, and the fact that Thea travels so you don't have to go too far to attend an event. This group finally made me feel like I'm not alone.

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thea3 06/27/2016

We're so glad you were there! When you said " This group finally made me feel like I'm not alone" we're delighted to know that. Conquering the isolation of alopecia is one of our reasons for being the women's network for alopecia. Thank you for telling us the difference we're making for women.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing nonprofit. The stories and advice are great and it really brings people together.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BDGL helps so many women with alopecia all across the country with their content and events. Women with alopecia are underserved by all of the existing organizations, so it is great to see BGDL stepping up to help them in a very specific way.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always amazed by the wonderful impact Bald Girls Do Lunch manages to have on so many people. There is no other organization like it and therefore, it has such an important role in the lives of all the people (most importantly the women with alopecia) that it serves. It is truly inspiring to see BGDL's phenomenal growth in regards to the number of people served as well as the international reach. Wishing Thea and BGDL continued success!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think Bald Girls Do Lunch is a wonderful organization. Thea Chassin, the thoroughly dedicated and creative founder of BGDL, has empowered and united women and girls with alopecia through casual meet-ups, fun events and informative newsletters. She started the organization with the desire to share all her first-hand knowledge and experience with the various issues that affected her along her journey with alopecia. Women no longer need to feel alone, afraid and ashamed. There is a supportive community of women out there for you!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bald Girls do Lunch is a great organization. We took my daughter to an event shortly after her alopecia diagnosis. It helped her to see that she was not the only one. It really helped her.

We follow the Bald Girls do Lunch blog. It has all kinds of information and tips about alopecia. It is a great resource if you have alopecia or want to help someone with alopecia.

5 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.

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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.

5 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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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy to find Bald girls Do Lunch group. I wanted to share my feeling and experiences as an alepecia person. It has always been a feel good time to be among with these gals/ women sharing our feeling & dealing with alepecia. Thea has been so wonderful pulling everyone together all over the states for lunch and comroderie. Thank you Thea...

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have very recently been diagnosed with rare scarring frontal fibrosing Alopecia and am having trouble with the rapid hair loss. My dermatologist has told me that my hair will never come back and has suggested I wear a wig. As a person who hates even wearing a hat in winter I was in shock. I thought I was alone and had no where to turn. My internet search led me to BGDL and thank heavens for that. I look forward to having a community of women who are in the same boat. I will value their help and support as I learn to deal with this affliction. I live near Calgary Alberta Canada and do not know if there is a group in that city but at least I will have the group here to turn to for support.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I always look forward to reading anything from Bald Girls Do Lunch....Its informative and makes me feel like I am not the only one in the world with AU. Its an important blog to those of us who need to hear what is being done for Alopecia and coping ideas to help get through those rough days...and there are many for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Bald Girls Do Lunch. Alopecia Aerata is such a hard thing to live with. It is so helpful to read about others experiences as well as the educational information it makes available. This is so isolating but BGDL helps us to live with this disease..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to have found Bald Girls Do Lunch! Thea's blog keeps me up-to-date on what's happening with alopecia research and reminds me that I'm not alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch Non-Profit for women with Alopecia is a wonderful resource and advocacy group for women struggling with hair loss through alopecia. BDLG, through Thea, ensures that women receive the emotional, informational, and hands-on support we all need so desperately because of the loss of our hair. More than any other non-profit that serves women with alopecia, Thea and BDLG is truly a helpful refuge. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have immediately. Because Thea constantly reviews all new research and outcomes about alopecia, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how we deal with alopecia (i.e.: wigs, make-up, etc.), I look to her for information concerning "anything alopecia". Thea delivers to women what is true and what is hype, and she passes all current research and outcomes to us as soon as it is out there. There is no other group available where a woman can receive the compassion, emotional support, and knowledge about wigs, make-up, etc. we so need during our struggle with hair loss. Thea enables us to know that we do not have to face this struggle alone, which is priceless for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization, and one so badly needed ! For many years I have hoped some one would give all of us alopecia folks a voice...and finally someone did! Thanks so much for helping the old and new alopecians to cope and know that they are not alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great thing that the bald girls among us finally have a forum, a support group, an ear to listen. We have needed this for many, many years. Thanks to Thea for having the courage and guts to start such an organization...so many people will no longer feel alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea Chassin and her Bald Girls organization serve as a compassionate and ever-so-helpful resource and advocate for people like me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BGDL is a blessing. They share valid information honestly, promote health physically and psychological. Real information on how society views people with no hair and they are changing the world with awareness and accepting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch provides a place like none other for women with Alopecia. It is impossible to explain to people who do not experience this illness and the feeling of talking to another woman who has been through exactly what you have been through is priceless. It has helped my self-esteem EMENSELY to be able to talk to other women with Alopecia and feel like I'm not alone. I gain support, info, resources and courage from BGDL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a wonderful organization that supports women with alopecia. My time volunteering with them has been very rewarding because I have been able to see firsthand the positive community they have created to bring women with alopecia together. No other organization is dedicated to helping women with alopecia the way Bald Girls does, and I can't wait to volunteer again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea Chassin is fabulous at bringing the Alopecia Areata community together. There is no resource anything like Bald Girls Do Lunch.

The BGDL newsletter is particularly informative and upbeat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am suffering from middle age hair loss and as a very private person found it nearly impossible to talk to others about my problem. I kept is inside every day I combed my hair and found more hair on the comb each time. Because my husband had worked with Thea on a number of very local community issues, he suggested that BGDL and Thea specifically would be the perfect person with whom to break my years of silence and pained privacy. And what a help she has been, taking an hour out of her busy day to provide me with counsel, referrals and a sense that I am not alone. Thank you, BGDL and Thea for helping me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a wonderful organization! Not only has it helped me personally, because I am a woman with alopecia areata, but I have seen it help many other women as well. Spending time with other women who suffer in the same way has made such a difference in my life, and being able to help others by volunteering has been so rewarding. Thea and the Bald Girls events have a way of making every women feel welcome, accepted, beautiful, and special! I am proud to say that I am both a supporter and volunteer for this great organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a tremendous organization, and its founder, Thea Chassin, is a force to be reckoned with. The relative rarity of alopecia areata can make the women who suffer from it feel ashamed and alone. Finding out that there are others like them who face the same challenges — and who do so with style, confidence and humor — has been a life-changing experience for many of the women Thea’s helped. I applaud her commitment and wholeheartedly support the Bald Girls organization.