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SCARBOROUGH, N.Y., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bald Girls Do Lunch, Inc. is bringing women with alopecia areata together for the first time in northern California. Strikingly different from a traditional support group, the non-profit's dining out format combines discussions and camaraderie with inspiration and public awareness. Founder and president, Thea Chassin, bald for over 10 years, meets women in cities across the country. According to Chassin, "Our congenial approach is the catalyst that gets dialogue and lives moving in a positive direction. We help women build resources and resilience."

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The northern California lunches are taking place in San Francisco (March 29), Berkeley (March 30), San Jose (April 1) and Sonoma (June 1). The invitations and details are posted at Reservation requests to:

Chassin brings dynamic leadership and frank talk to the table. Just a few hours of discussion bring out strategies for dealing with the sometimes life- long adjustments. The organization promotes individual choice and comfort. Women come to the lunches adorned with wigs or head coverings and some choose to debut their bald look.

"The relief that women feel in talking to others like them is palpable," says Chassin. "We share practical advice on everything from breaking the news about baldness in a new dating relationship, to telling colleagues at work or dealing with the common, but wrong assumption, that every bald woman must have cancer."

Alopecia areata affects men, women, and children of all ages -- more than 4 million people. Shockingly, a full head of hair can fall out in a matter of weeks; but it can also regrow. The autoimmune disease is highly unpredictable and can start at any time of life. The cause is unknown. It's described as the body's immune system selectively attacking the hair follicle shutting down hair production. Characterized by smooth, round bald patches, it usually resolves on its own but can progress to complete hair loss. In some cases the entire head loses hair (alopecia totalis) and more rarely eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair can be lost (alopecia universalis). Some treatments restore hair growth in some situations, but new areas of balding can develop. Prior areas of hair growth can also undergo repeat shedding. There is no cure.

Chassin founded Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc, a not-for-profit 501c(3), in New York when she recognized that women with alopecia areata needed a way to connect with others regionally in fun, women-only meetings. Her degree in physical therapy from Columbia University brings both scientific and humanistic education to her non-profit work. As word of the lunches has spread, requests now come from cities across the US, Canada and from as far away as England and Australia. The organization sponsored the first Alopecia Areata Day of Beauty in New York City in October 2007. Interested individual and corporate sponsors for future events are invited to contact

CONTACT: Thea Chassin


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