This Georgia Third Grader Is Donating Bald Dolls to Cancer Patients
Nine-year-old Bella Fricker is already doing her part to make the world a better place. The Georgia third grader is channeling her love for American Girl dolls into a way to improve the lives of children with cancer.
Through the business she founded herself, Peace Love Bracelets, Bella sells homemade bracelets to raise money to purchase bald American Girl dolls for little girls who have lost their hair while undergoing treatment for cancer. Her mom tells The Huffington Post that so far she's donated four dolls to local girls.
"Unfortunately, four children in our community over the years have had cancer and really left an impression on her," Bella's mother, Valerie Fricker, told HuffPo. "I have been personally involved in the fundraising efforts within the community in the past."
She went on: "I think she has just taken her love and passion for American Girl dolls and turned it into her passion with wanting to make little girls feel happy when they're in the hospital and have lost their hair."
Bella's little office is located in her playroom, where she makes custom bracelets, packages them and ships them to her online buyers. Valerie says her daughter has sold around 500 bracelets since she opened up shop in October.
"She works with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)'s Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to find a candidate for the doll," Valerie said. "Most of the time, donations are just collected at the door. It is a very rare occasion that you get to actually meet the recipient of a donation, but Bella's dream was to meet the little girls herself and give them these dolls."
In the instances where Bella finds out a little about the girl, she and her mother go above and beyond to purchase an outfit or two for the doll. "If they are a softball player, then Bella will get a softball outfit. If they are a ballerina, Bella will get a ballet outfit," Valerie explained.
The Huffington Post reports that Bella's immediate goal is to donate 15 dolls to children at CHOA. Next, she wants to raise enough money to donate 20 dolls to kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee and 10-15 dolls to patients at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Understandably, Valerie is very proud of her young daughter. "I hope people are inspired to do good for others by reading about Bella's mission," she said.
You can buy a bracelet and donate to her cause on Bella's Facebook page.