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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".

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77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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

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.

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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.

4 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.

4 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.