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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

31 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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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.

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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.

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

2 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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Client Served

Rating: 5

By her example, Thea demonstrates to the entire alopecia community what it means to navigate the "outside world" with dignity. God bless you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NAAF is great and serves many useful functions. But Bald Girls is an intimate sisterhood that has helped me through some very dark days in a way that a big corporate organization never could. Thea, you are a blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is my go-to alopecia resource. As a blog subscriber and follower of BGDL, I rely on this organization because they truly care about what is important to me. Thea takes the time to answer all my questions. I am so glad this organization helps me and my family.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea is awesome. I only wish I knew about Bald Girls years ago.

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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.

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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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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit out there! When you are a bald woman, you feel so alone and Bald Girls Do Lunch really makes you feel connected with other women like you! There are other great Alopecia groups out there, but none are as awesome as Bald Girls Do Lunch!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this web cite! When I did not know where to turn the week my daughter lost all her hair, Thea was right there willing to help. I stumbled on the web address and found the support I needed, up close and personal. Six years have passed an I still look forward to the wisdom I gain. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I always look forward to reading anything from Bald Girls Do Lunch....Its informative and makes me feel like I am not the only one in the world with AU. Its an important blog to those of us who need to hear what is being done for Alopecia and coping ideas to help get through those rough days...and there are many for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Bald Girls Do Lunch. Alopecia Aerata is such a hard thing to live with. It is so helpful to read about others experiences as well as the educational information it makes available. This is so isolating but BGDL helps us to live with this disease..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to have found Bald Girls Do Lunch! Thea's blog keeps me up-to-date on what's happening with alopecia research and reminds me that I'm not alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea Chassin and Bald Girls Do Lunch Non-Profit for women with Alopecia is a wonderful resource and advocacy group for women struggling with hair loss through alopecia. BDLG, through Thea, ensures that women receive the emotional, informational, and hands-on support we all need so desperately because of the loss of our hair. More than any other non-profit that serves women with alopecia, Thea and BDLG is truly a helpful refuge. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns anyone may have immediately. Because Thea constantly reviews all new research and outcomes about alopecia, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how we deal with alopecia (i.e.: wigs, make-up, etc.), I look to her for information concerning "anything alopecia". Thea delivers to women what is true and what is hype, and she passes all current research and outcomes to us as soon as it is out there. There is no other group available where a woman can receive the compassion, emotional support, and knowledge about wigs, make-up, etc. we so need during our struggle with hair loss. Thea enables us to know that we do not have to face this struggle alone, which is priceless for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A great organization, and one so badly needed ! For many years I have hoped some one would give all of us alopecia folks a voice...and finally someone did! Thanks so much for helping the old and new alopecians to cope and know that they are not alone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great thing that the bald girls among us finally have a forum, a support group, an ear to listen. We have needed this for many, many years. Thanks to Thea for having the courage and guts to start such an organization...so many people will no longer feel alone!