SCARBOROUGH, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bald Girls Do Lunch® announces its Albuquerque "Bigs and Littles" event on December 6 at 11:30 am to connect and inspire women and girls of all ages who have the alopecia areata skin disorder.
Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc (BGDL) is the USA's only nonprofit organization created specifically for women and girls with the alopecia areata skin disease. At lunches across the country, BGDL educates and raises awareness to improve the self-confidence and self-esteem of those with the condition.
Bald Girls founder, Thea Chassin, recently connected with a brave nine-year-old girl named Becky after the girl shared the story of her self-portrait in a BGDL "Bald? So What!" t-shirt. During the interview, which is featured on BGDL's Alopecia Areata Support Network Blog, Chassin asked Becky about the one yellow flower in her drawing.
"It's not a flower," Becky quipped, "it's a sparkle the sun makes when it reflects off my head."
Inspired by how Becky handled her condition with humor and a smile, Chassin reached out to Becky's mother, Jenean, who shared some of her concerns for the future:
"I am worried about middle school. I have concerns that she might feel different about herself as she becomes a teenager…It's still so new it's hard to think of what else we might need to know."
At BGDL's "Bigs" and "Littles" events, the adults are able to share their experiences and offer tips for the future, whether it be prom, a wedding, or just everyday life. Women who had a childhood onset themselves offer reassurance to parents knowing first hand what it's like to be mistaken for a cancer patient.
"While Bald is in our name," Chassin said, "we encourage all looks with wigs, hats, hair, or au naturale," stressing that the organization fosters options and encourages everyone to attend with whichever look enables them to feel most confident.
About Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is an unpredictable, autoimmune disease that disrupts normal hair growth. It can arise at any time and affects genders equally. In some individuals it may go into remission while in others it may result in total hair loss or recurring bald patches throughout a lifetime. It is estimated that two percent of the population has a lifetime risk for developing the condition.
Bald Girls Do Lunch, Inc
Bald Girls Do Lunch is a 501c3 public charity founded in 2007 that has brought women together in 67 cities and 28 states. They also hold a top-rated status at GreatNonProfits.org and were awarded several Gold Triangle Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology. Those who wish to donate or simply learn about the vibrant organization may get more information at BaldGirlsDoLunch.org.
Invitation for "Bigs and Littles" lunch at Deli-Berry: http://bitly.com/ABQLunch
Cost: $16 per person or two for $30.
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