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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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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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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1 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.

3 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.

1 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

3 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.