Beating Cancer is a hard task. Cancer patients spend endless days in the hospital receiving a multitude of tolling treatments that we understand are necessary to save our lives. However, when you're a kid, it isn't always so easy to understand what's going on. As the chemo kills bad cancer cells, it also kills good cells in your body, which causes various unpleasant side effects.
One of those side effects is losing your hair. This is usually the most visible of the effects which is why it is strongly associated with being sick. Visibly, it sets you apart from those who aren't cancer patients. And unfortunately, there can be quite a stigma that comes along with this, which is why many feel ashamed of their bald head. But by giving young cancer patients American Girl dolls without hair, we're here to tell them something different: Be PROUD of your bald head. Wear it like a badge of honor. It's a sign that you're fighting to stay alive. And that's beautiful.
Our names are Raquel and Maria, and we are just two girls trying to make a difference.
When I, Raquel, was 16 years old, I got diagnosed with Leukemia: a type of cancer that requires a lot of chemotherapy, which, as you might know, will knock your hair right out. Like me, many children go through intense chemotherapy which also knocks their hair out.
Although there were many side effects I was being impacted by, hairloss was a tremendous blow to my self esteem. I tried many things...
We're committed to making a change and getting as many dolls as possible to Cancer patients. We welcome your comments, questions, concerns, or requests.
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