This is a ground-breaking moment for the toy company, Mattel.
Mattel will be distributing an exclusive line of ‘chemotherapy’ dolls named Ella after a persistent mother encouraged the company to produce the hair-less, beautiful figurines for young cancer patients.
Melissa Bumstead began a petition for more dolls earlier this year after her 4-year-old daughter was given one of the six dolls available at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. The barbie – which comes with wigs, headscarves, and other adornments – brought some happiness to the young cancer patient, who is receiving treatment for a very rare form of Leukemia, that affects one-in-1 million people.
Melissa Bumstead said to KCBS-TV:
“When they first met, she’s like, ‘OK, I get what’s going on.’ But it gave us the chance to say, ‘Here’s a beautiful, smiling doll. It doesn’t have hair. “We bring [ELLA] along everywhere to say, ‘This is what’s happening. This is what’s happened to Ella. This is what’s gonna happen to you.’ It brought it to her level.
Shortly after Bumstead began the petition on Change.org, the campaign caught on quickly, receiving 10,000 signatures every ten minutes. By March, the petition had already received more than 100,000 signatures. Mattel caught onto that and began the production of the dolls. Sweet victory!
“Ella will help kids know that they are beautiful even without hair. Mattel has decided to make the dolls annually, which means every year hospitals, charities, and foundations will receive a fresh supply of Ella Barbies to give out.”
Mattel will be distributing its first wave of dolls this August. Doctors say that Grace has a 75% chance of surviving her leukemia, but she faces at least 18 more months of high doses of chemotherapy.
The mom added:
“She’s been amazingly brave. And we’re very, very proud of her. It’s not where we expected to be in life right now. “We really believe that God is going to use this to do good things in her life and to make her the kind of person that she’s going to fight for good things all of her life.
How touching! We send our prayers out to Grace and her family.
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