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Meet Ella, The Chemo Barbie That Helps Young Cancer Patients


When Melissa Bumstead’s daughter Grace, 4, was diagnosed with Leukemia this past spring, they had no idea how they would tell her about the realities of the chemotherapy treatment she would be receiving, and that she would soon be losing her beautiful, curly hair.

When a nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gave little Grace a bald doll named Ella, aka “Chemo Barbie”, to help her understand what to expect from chemotherapy treatment, her mother cried.

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  • Judith Shields

    I love it that Ella is doing so much good for young girls! When we named my daughter Ella in 1983, it was very unique for the times. Now a Barbie doing some good is named Ella. My daughter who has a heart of gold will feel honored, even though it is only such a random conincidence!

    • WomenYSK

      Thank you for sharing that Judith! So lovely!

  • Tom Maybrier

    Oh wow, that's beautiful. It's good to talk to children with seriousness about these issues but Ella proves there is something to be said for approaching tough subjects on a child-like level.

    • WomenYSK

      Thanks for your comment Tom. We are equally pleased to see Mattel doing something important instead of vacuous with the Barbie brand.