Talk about Taking Action – Melissa Bumstead did just that when she petitioned Mattel to produce more of the “Ella” Chemo Barbies.
Melissa’s four year old daughter Grace has has a rare form of leukemia and will receive chemotherapy treatments over the next year and half. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had only six of the barbies to give out and Grace received one of them. Melissa took action by creating a petition to ask Mattel to make enough “Ella” Barbies for all kids with cancer.
Within 3 months she collected 100,000 signatures! Because of Melissa’s action, Mattel has agreed to make more and distribute the “Ella” Barbie to hospitals through out the country beginning in August.
This is her post from her change.org petition site in May 2014:
Victory – 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!
Melissa, children around the country will have you to thank for your selfless efforts. Thank you and God bless you for taking action and helping other children!