Bringing smiles to children
Congratulations to the Facebook movement “Beautiful and Bald” Barbie and the founders, Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham. The movement that never lost hope in their quest to have Mattel to make a bald version of barbie for those children who are suffering hair loss due to cancer treatments and those with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune skin disease resulting in hair loss.
Mattel will be producing the bald doll for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments and other illnesses.
These dolls are not Barbie but a doll designed as Barbies friend. These dolls will not be available for purchase in the store but are being exclusively distributed to children’s hospitals and other hospitals in which treat children for cancer across the United States and Canada.
Alan Hilowitz, spokesperson for the Mattel Company released the following statement “These dolls, which will be a friend of Barbie, will be distributed exclusively to children’s hospitals and other hospitals treating children with cancer throughout the U. S. and Canada, directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss”.
News media reports also indicate that Mattel is planning to donate some of these dolls to National Alopecia Areata Foundation and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.
Mattel is not the only company to join the fight of cancer in children. Last month, MGA Entertainment in a press release announced they will be releasing their own version of hairless dolls of their hit doll BRATZ® and Moxie Girlz™ under the banner “True Hope.”
The dolls in the release are three Bratz® dolls; Cloe™, Yasmin™ and Cameron™, and three Moxie Girlz™ dolls, Avery™, Sophina™ and Jaxson™.
Starting this June, the dolls will be found for sale in Toys “R” Us® and toysrus.com. The company will be donating one dollar for every “True Hope ”Bratz® and Moxie Girlz™ doll, which are sold to distributors to City of Hope cancer research.
Isaac Larian, CEO, MGA Entertainment in part of the press release stated The Bratz and Moxie Girlz “True Hope” dolls are designed to support and comfort young girls and boys who so bravely endure cancer treatments. MGA also wants to be an active supporter in the fight to develop lifesaving treatments for children.”
The companies other toys include Little Tykes® and Lalaloopsy™.
The “True Hope” dolls are expected to be released in June.
As a few minutes ago the Facebook page “Beautiful and Bald” Barbie has generated 152,342 likes and also do not forget the Bald and Brave G.I. Joe Movement.
Among those fighting the war on children’s cancer let us not forget Alex’s Lemonade Stand who also can be found on Facebook.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Organizations granting wishes for children listing can be viewed online at Family Village.