The mother of a 4-year-old girl in California is helping to inspire young cancer patients like her daughter with the help of a popular doll.
Four-year-old Grace Bumstead was given a chemotherapy barbie named Ella after she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia.
Ella is one of only six chemotherapy barbies who are bald and wear wigs.
Grace’s mom petitioned for more to be made because having a barbie that looks like Grace has inspired her daughter to get through her chemo treatments.
“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,” Grace’s mom, Melissa Bumstead said.
“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.”
After just three months of petitioning, Grace’s mom was able to gain 100,000 supporters and the attention of barbie maker Mattel.
The company has agreed to start making more Ella dolls.
They plan to start distributing the dolls in August.
Mattel’s goal is make new ones every year.
News Writer, Judith Ruiz-Branch