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 :)
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I HAVE dwarfism alopecia.
Grateful for this organization that supports all Alopecian gals.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
By her example, Thea demonstrates to the entire alopecia community what it means to navigate the "outside world" with dignity. God bless you!!
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.
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.
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.