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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".

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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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.