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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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

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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

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is the only organization dedicated to helping women with alopecia in the US (and maybe even the entire world). Their events bring women together to de-stigmatize the symptoms of alopecia (baldness) and provide much needed support for women with this condition. I have been able to see firsthand, through helping out at the lunches and other events, the positive life-changing effect Bald Girls Do Lunch has on its members and their families. It's really incredible.

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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.

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

2 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.

5 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.