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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

BGDL performs miracles for women with alopecia in taking on challenges that few, if any others are willing to tackle. Helping women adjust to what is often a devastating blow to their self-esteem is a wonderful calling. That's why I donate---to keep this vital organization working on its essential mission.

Comments ( 1 )

thea3 Thank you Chiara! We're thankful for the feedback from donors like you to fulfill our goal of erasing the shame and stigma felt by too many with this condition.

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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.