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Please make enough "Ella" chemotherapy Barbies for all kids with cancer.

    1. Melissa Bumstead
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Bumstead

      Los Angeles, CA

May 2014


Melissa Grace's Mom: Mattel called...they will annually make more Ella Barbies! That means that every year hospitals and foundations will receive a fresh supply of dolls, so there will be more Ellas for kids with cancer like Grace!

Our four year old daughter has just been diagnosed with (ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We had no idea how we would tell her that she would soon be losing her beautiful, curly blonde hair. 

When the charge nurse brought us "Ella" I cried. Ella is also having chemotheraphy, the box told us, and she is completely bald. She has two fancy wigs, a headscarf, and a headband. She is in a very fancy dress and still looks like a beautiful Barbie that any child would be excited to play with...and relate to.

The only problem with Ella is that there are so few of her. The Children's Hospital here in Los Angeles only had six dolls total. I know how much this doll helped us bridge a very hard topic and I know how much this doll will be a special friend to our daughter once her hair falls out. Please help us ask Mattel to make more of these amazing Barbies. We'd like every chemotheraphy patient to have access to such an important and beautiful doll.

Thanks for your help. Together with Mattel we can make a huge difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients.

Watch Grace open her "Ella" doll on Youtube. You can also see recent interviews about Ella on the HLN channel as well as our interview on CBS.

Please find and "like" the facebook.com/EllaChemotherapyBarbie page on Facebook!

You can learn more about Grace on our blog: http://www.TeamGraceEllen.com/ or on Facebook at the Team Grace Ellen Group.

Please make more "Ella" chemotherapy Barbies

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Recent signatures


    1. Ella is being distributed at Children's Hospitals!

      Melissa Bumstead
      Petition Organizer


      Guess who we met at Children's Hospital Los Angeles today? Ella Chemotherapy Barbie! One of our favorite "child life therapist" told us that the dolls have been distributed to the patients on the Oncology floor by Mattel. Grace and I were so excited! We can't wait to see more and more dolls impacting kids going through cancer. We know that Ella will help kids understand how cancer will impact their lives, and will brighten their day.

      And if you haven't yet, please be sure to email or call Mattel to tell them that you appreciate them helping cancer kids with their Ella dolls. These dolls are donated directly to hospitals and foundations and Ella isn't making a profit...but she is making lots and lots and lots of smiles.

      p.s. to see Grace's hair as it's starting to grow back, be sure to check out her blog www.TeamGraceEllen.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamGraceEllen/

    2. Ella Chemotherapy Barbie in the news!

      Melissa Bumstead
      Petition Organizer

      Our family was interviewed about Ella on CBS. You can watch the interview here: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/10304588-chemotherapy-barbies-help-give-young-cancer-patients-an-emotional-lift/

      Please also see the HNL interview:http://www.hlntv.com/video/2014/06/27/bald-barbie-doll-chemotherapy-hospital

      We really want to thank everyone who signed and made all this happen, and we hope that the good PR will benefit Mattel and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles for all the good they are doing for sick kids like Grace.

      Chemotherapy Barbies Help Give Young Cancer Patients An Emotional Lift

      Special chemotherapy Barbie dolls are helping to give young cancer patients an emotional lift. CBS2's Kristine Lazar reports.

    3. Victory!!

      Melissa Bumstead
      Petition Organizer

      Mattel has decided to make more "Ella" Barbies available for children like our daughter Grace who have cancer and who have lost their hair. 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.

      We want to thank you for being part and for making a difference. And we want to especially thank Mattel- they're a corporation with a big heart that loves kids. They told me, "we believe donating Ella Barbies is the right thing to do."

      Please take the time to share the good news, and to thank Mattel for helping kids with cancer to feel good about themselves.

      You can see more photos of Ella and the kids who get her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllaChemotherapyBarbie

      You can go to Mattel on Facebook and let them know you're happy about Ella at: https://www.facebook.com/Mattel

      Ella Chemotherapy Barbie

      Ella Chemotherapy Barbie. 2,533 likes · 19 talking about this. We're asking Mattel to make enough "Ella" Chemotherapy Barbies for every pediatric cancer...

    4. Reached 100,000 signatures
    5. Spoke with Mattel

      Melissa Bumstead
      Petition Organizer

      I spoke with Mattel yesterday. They are very aware how much you all care about helping get more Ella Barbies to kids with cancer. Let's make sure Mattel knows that there are a 100,000 of us who want to see more of these amazing dolls in the hands of the kids who need them. We're nearly to our goal of 100K signatures, but we need your help. Please continue to share the word about Ella and this petition!
      Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Grace and Family

    6. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Marilyn Pinero CAPE CORAL, FL
      • 5 months ago

      Marilyn, FL

      Make children happy by making "BARBIES" with no hair.

    • angilee mcneil SPRINGFIELD, OR
      • 5 months ago

      children are important

    • Danique McPherson LAUREL, MD
      • 5 months ago

      Make more Ellas. You know you can do it.

    • Melvin Knuth RALEIGH, NC
      • 5 months ago

      Come on Mattel. Step up to the plate and show your support by expanding on a very good idea.

    • Andrew Allman DALLAS, TX
      • 5 months ago

      This. Why is this even up for discussion? This is a lose - lose situation for Mattel. Do they want more bad Barbie press? Does that somehow make them more money?


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