The Short of It
A 10-year-old wants an American Girl doll that looks just like her—with a scar.
Lamaya Sakales wants an American Girl doll that looks just like her, which means it needs to have a scar down the middle of its chest.
Sakales was born with half a heart and has endured three open heart surgeries. Now, with the help of her mom Christen, she's started a Change.org campaign to try to encourage the American Girl company to create a doll who comes with a scar, or at least a scar kit, for other kids like her.
"I am a 10 year old girl with Hypoplastic Left Heart, and I've had 3 open heart surgeries," reads the page at Change.org. "I have a scar from those surgeries that is in the middle of my chest. 1 out of every 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect and many require open-heart surgery. These children live with a chest scar for the rest of their lives. If you make a doll with a chest scar, I and many others will feel safe and normal like it doesn't have to be a secret.... Please make a doll with a chest scar (or a scar kit) for the many kids who live with scars that show their bravery!"
What an amazing kid!
Adding a scar kit seems like an amazing opportunity for American Girl to give every kid a doll that reflects her own life.
But according to ABC News, Sakales hasn't heard from American Girl yet. Still, the company has responded to requests from the public in the past by releasing special kits and dolls with things like hearing aids and wheelchairs. And just last month, they introduced a doll with a diabetes care kit after a similar petition was started on Change.org.
Sakales is hoping to score 7,500 signatures, and she's got more than 5,000 so far.
Click here if you want to support her cause!