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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: We're stopping the shame and stigma of being bald in a world that prizes pretty hair. Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women and girls with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch”. 'Virtual Lunch' is now online launching in 2021. 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 as, your self-esteem and self-confidence grow. Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) creates a powerful sense of community. 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 including updates on AA research and clinical trials. The BGBrows cosmetic line donates a portion of all sales to our non-profit. You can check them out at https://www.BGBrows.com.

Results: Over 4000 women with alopecia areata receive 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. Comprehensive 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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m so happy I came across BGDL when I first started to lose my hair. Meeting with other ladies that were experiencing the same thing as me was very inspiring. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone and it gave me confidence to face the world. Thanks to Thea for coming out to California and arranging for us to meet for lunch and for sharing all her helpful tips, i.e. makeup, especially the eyebrows, and different ways to wear scarves. Its made a big difference in my life. Sincerely,Janice

Comments ( 1 )

thea3 Thank you, Janice. We're so glad to hear that our approach for women with alopecia has been a good one for you. If you need more tips, drop us an email anytime to arrange for a phone call or online meeting.

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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.

2 Adrienne V.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a supporter of Bald Girls Do Lunch and applaud Thea Chassin's having founded and developed the organization. Thea's hard work, dedication, and resourcefulness have improved the lives of many.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Bald Girls Do Lunch, the  long-needed resource for women with alopecia,  provides links to useful goods, services and information specific to that condition. BGDL brings women together through the  international online community, and of course through Lunch.  Many thanks to Thea Chassin for following her vision!

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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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ive been struggling with hair loss for about 5 years. I wore clip on hair and was tortured that everyone knew. I spent tons of money at the salon getting half a head colored and blow dried, but still I felt everyone knew I was half bald. One day I started buying very expensive wigs, and never found one I liked. To me wearing a wig was as bad as being bald. Finally after 5 different doctors, injections, biopsies, and creams I thought this is too stressful. My son suggested shaving what hair was left. I was so afraid to show my husband. When he saw it and kissed my head I felt so much stronger. I also have strong women friends that encouraged me to embrace my baldness, and today I only wear a wig at work. My boss thinks it would be too uncomfortable for everyone. Most days I feel beautiful and different. There are so many more things in life to be concerned about.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a 59 year old woman with Alopecial Universalis. I had suffered with bouts of Alopecial Areata through the years but after completing chemotherapy for breast cancer I went on to lose all the hair on my body. It took me a while to figure out that it was never coming back and I was so self conscious and felt so unattractive. Through Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch I have been able to connect with others who share the same problems and experience the same emotions. The group is a wonderful source for practical solutions to every day problems, support groups and a source for the latest in research for a cause and cure. I suppport this wonderful effort and am sooo glad it has been there for me and others like me

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have Alopecia losing all of my hair five years ago at age of 59. I had never heard of Alopecia until my dermitologist told me that was why I was losing my hair. I began searching the Web and found Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc. a nonprofit with a terrific lady who founded BGDL, Thea Chassin. I have gone to three luncheons in Seattle, Salt Lake, and Denver. I have met the most up lifting women who, along with myself, share a life's experience we never would have dreamed could happen. I'm thankful for Thea and Bald Girls Do Lunch for bringing us together. Helen M.

2 Dina H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first diagnosed with alopecia at the age of 12. It was the worst time for me. Since then, hair has come and gone. Two years ago it went. There is no hair anywhere on my body. I suffer from body image issues, anxiety, and depression from my condition. Bald Girls Do Lunch came to Denver at the right time for me in my coping stages. In one short evening, I was able to begin to come to terms with my appearance because I wasn't alone. Isolation contributed to my poor mental health. Bald Girls Do Lunch showed me that there are other people dealing with the same issues as me. I felt understood. Nothing has been as valuable as that one night.

2 Shalhevet K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a one-of-a-kind organization that meets the needs of specific population - women with alopecia areata - whose needs would otherwise go unanswered. The organization is dynamic, current, and very personalized to allow for every woman coping with the challenges of alopecia areata to find something relevant and helpful for their own personal situation and needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch gave me the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical strength to face society as a Bald Person. Bald Girls Do Lunch changes people's paradigm on beauty to the point where they are no longer ashamed to walk in society as a Bald Person or one who has Made the Choice to Wear Wigs not has to do so. I have witnessed women both young and elderly attend a Bald Girls Do Lunch luncheon sit down embarrassed and ashamed come alive by the end of the meal. Then, to meet them over time at other affairs proud and strutting their Baldness or latest wigs and sharing tips to the newest attendees. Bald Girls Do Lunch is shining the light on Alopecia and taking the shame out of being a bald female. At one time men were ashamed of being bald - Now it's Our Time to rid females of shame - Thank you Bald Girls Do Lunch! leben2005

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Advisor

Rating: 4

The power of this program is in community and fellowship, or rather, sisterhood. Women diagnosed with alopecia areata report that the experience of getting together with other women like them is deeply meaningful--life- and identity-affirming.

2 Kym H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Very refreshing to just be able to sit & visit with people that are going thru the same thing you are or have been going thru. Very down to earth & informative. So happy I am a member of this great group! Thank you Thea.

2 Lisa122

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing support and empowerment for women living with medical hairloss particularly alopecia. In a society which continually defines beauty through media, Bald Girls makes a profound and essential statement about true beauty and self-worth. Given a comfortable venue, women come togther find support, understanding and connection.

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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.