Before Christmas last month, a lymphoma patient and a leukemia patient’s mother connected about a “cancer Barbie” idea. They set up a Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page, and it’s growing steadily.
Several tweets yesterday alerted me to this trending story. The idea is to pressure Mattel, Barbie’s manufacturer, to provide a model that kids getting chemo can relate to. According to USA Today, as of a few days ago the toy company hadn’t responded to the group’s request.
Not surprisingly, a parallel Facebook group calling for a Bald and Brave GI Joe has surfaced.
I’m not sure what to make of all this. Should there be limits to cancer awareness campaigns? Then again, I suppose if a child has cancer, or a sibling has cancer, this kind of doll could be instructive and emotionally helpful.