Thank Mattel for Creating a Chemotherapy Barbie


Target: Bryan G. Stockton, CEO of Mattel Inc.

Goal: Thank Mattel Inc. for creating a chemotherapy Barbie to help young cancer patients cope with their hair loss

For generations, little girls have loved playing with Barbie dolls, and Mattel has helped this iconic figure evolve over many decades. For many girls, their favorite Barbies are the ones that look like them, which is why Mattel has made a few “chemotherapy” Barbies to help young girls with cancer cope with their hair loss.

The doll, named Ella, helps remind young cancer patients that they are beautiful, even after they’ve lost their hair. Although it’s only a doll, Ella Barbies have helped many young girls cope with the loss of their hair and learn to love themselves no matter how they look. Self-image is incredibly important for young girls, cancer or not.

Mattel only made a limited number of Ella Barbies to be distributed to six young patients at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. However, to introduce more young girls to the inspiring Barbie, Mattel has agreed to make Ella dolls on an annual basis.

Sign the below petition to thank Mattel for creating the chemotherapy Barbie, Ella, and for increasing the number of dolls in production each year. Making these dolls shows that Mattel is a corporation that cares about the well-being of the world’s most vulnerable little girls.


Dear Mr. Stockton,

Thank you for listening to the requests of young cancer patients and their families who have been introduced to your chemotherapy Barbie, Ella. Ella has helped many young girls come to terms with their hair loss and remind them that they are still beautiful.

Please supply Ella dolls to hospitals, charities, and cancer foundations at no charge so that more young girls may get to play with them. Young cancer patients need things to look forward to on a regular basis, and receiving a doll that they can identify with would be very exciting for many struggling young girls.

I am urging you to continue making the Ella doll and devise creative solutions to creating other dolls that represent the diverse and beautiful modern girls. Please take a stand for girls and women around the world to promote a positive body image, self-acceptance, and self-betterment. Thank you for serving as an example to the corporate world about how such a small gesture can have such a large impact on your customers and the community.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bill Branson via Wikimedia Commons

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