Bald Barbie for Cancer Survivors

Bald is beautiful! Mattel has announced that they will development a Barbie doll without hair especially for girls dealing with hair loss, whether from chemotherapy or another cause, in themselves or a family member. The dolls should come out in 2013.
Although “Mattel has a policy of not forwarding unsolicited product ideas to our design teams,” it seems like New Jersey resident Jane Bingham with her friend Rebecca Sypin, who launched a Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page last December, sparked the idea. The social media move went viral. Bingham and Sypin reportedly met in a pregnancy chat room. Both Bingham and Sypin’s daughter lost their hair to chemotherapy. So they hoped the doll could be used to help children cope and understand what other family members are facing, like Bingham’s 9-year daughter learning to understand her mother's condition. And for children battling cancer like Sypin’s 12-year old daughter, it’s a reminder that hair isn’t what makes them special.

Reportedly, it’ not Barbie, but it's a female friend who will be hairless. The friend will have wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories children can put on the doll. (And what’s a Barbie Doll without accessories?)

The dolls will not go on the market, but will be donated to children's hospitals and other charity outlets in the US and other countries. Link -via Breakfast Links

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Mattel is as cold and calculating as Sauron in his tower. However, as a friend of cancer survivors, I have to say that this is pretty cool.
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Why wouldn't they sell them, so that any sick kid or kid with a sick parent can have one instead of just the lucky ones who are at the right hospitals, and donate the proceeds to cancer research? Seems like a missed opportunity to do even more good.
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I dont know about you guys but I'll be 'liking' their fb page and spreading the link on twitter and other social media groups as much as possible. This is a great idea and while I'm not all that excited about giving Mattel props for being total douchers and a fist full of money for being douchers, I'm definitely into whatever it takes to get these dolls made and as main stream as possible so that any kid who is sick can get their hands on one of these dolls and not worry about it becoming some hot commodity that someone will just turn around and sell on ebay for tons of money because it's so rare just because they were in the right place at the right time.
These dolls can help raise awareness and help remove the stigma that comes with losing your hair from sickness as a child or not growing hair due to alopecia or whatever the case may be.
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I agree about selling the dolls. What about little girls with alopecia? For that matter, I think some adults with hair loss or cancer would buy the doll.
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