Mia Bailey, from outside of Boston, Massachusetts, is a 8-year-old girl with alopecia areata. Recently something so touching happened ot her.
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It’s been hard for Mia since she was diagnosed when she was 4-years-old. She’s felt different than the other girls who are able to grow hair, but her mother, Meredith, never ceases to encourage and support her.
When walking in front of an American Girl Doll store before Mia’s birthday, she and her mom spotted dolls without hair! Bailey wrote an emotional Facebook post to the American Girl page,
“I have always been a loyal supporter of your company. I still have my Pleasant Company dolls from 1988 that my daughter now enjoys. I was so happy to start my daughter with her own collection.
When she was 4 she was diagnosed with alopecia. This past Christmas my she received a doll without hair and nothing has thrilled her more. She did ask at one point why they were not on display at the store.
I did not have a good answer to give her. Yesterday, we made our annual birthday celebration with her best friend to the Natick store. On the second floor we hopped off the escalator and there in front of us was a display with doll a without hair! My daughter was ecstatic! Then we saw them in 2 more spots in the store!
These dolls were not hidden in the back and had to be asked for. They were there for all to see, especially for my daughter who wondered why they were not out before.
This may feel to your company to be ‘no big deal’, but to little girls who may feel ‘alone’ and so desperately want to see dolls that reflect their beauty—it means more than you know. I cried many happy tears yesterday.
Thank you so much for including ALL children. â¤ï¸”
What a wonderful way to make a sweet girl feel special. It’s simply beautiful. Share this sweet moment today!
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