Chemotherapy Barbie dolls are helping young children suffering from cancer. 4-year-old Grace Bumstead obtained one of the dolls named Ella
Chemotherapy Barbie dolls are helping young children suffering from cancer. 4-year-old Grace Bumstead obtained one of the dolls named Ella.
Grace received the toy following a rare leukemia diagnosis. Staffers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gave it to her, hoping it would lift her spirits, as she would lose her hair during chemotherapy.
According to the box, the Ella doll also underwent chemotherapy, explaining why she’s completely bald. Grace’s mom Melissa said one of the most difficult aspects of treatment for her child was losing her blonde curly hair.
“We brought her along everywhere to say, this is what’s happening, this is what happened to Ella, this is what’s going to happen to you. It brought it to her level.” [Via CNN]
The idea is undoubtedly great, but there was a problem. Children's Hospital Los Angeles only had a total of six dolls to hand out and worldwide production wasn’t high.
As a response, Melissa decided to start an online petition, to urge Barbie-maker, Mattel to produce more of the Ella dolls. The campaign has been highly successful and the company agreed to make additional chemo dolls annually.
As for Grace, she is in 75 percentile of being cured from the disease and her family hopes that years from now, she’ll look back at her Ella doll as a reminder of the cancer she beat.