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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, Canada and global

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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15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's not often that a non-profit is able to so clearly deliver on its mission. BGDL is one of the rare organizations that has a clear mission and is able to truly help. Women with alopecia finally have a place where they can get the support and information they need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BGDL is an amazing organization run by wonderful people that make a huge difference in the alopecia community. The kindness and friendship you receive from Thea is extraordinary and provides powerful support In difficult times. There is no other organization like BGDL and it deserves more stars than I can post.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.