If you know anything about American Girl Dolls (other than the fact that they carry a hefty price tag), then you probably know about their unique customization tool. Any little girl can go onto the company's website and create a doll that essentially looks just like them. While girls with cancer or alopecia can have their dolls , and accessories like hearing aids are available, there are certain illnesses and disabilities that cannot be reflected in the dolls.
Until now, that is.
American Girl just took a huge leap to make all little girls with diabetes feel like they're not outsiders, but in fact, regular kids. And it's all thanks to 11-year-old Anje Busse from Antigo, WI, who started a petition on Change.org to make diabetic accessories for the dolls available so that every young, diabetic girl can feel included.
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three months earlier, Busse was determined to fight for equality. In her petition she wrote:
"I feel so different now and my whole life has been turned around. I want to have diabetic accessories for my American Girl doll so she is just like me. I just want everyone to feel good about themselves no matter if they have something 'wrong with them.' Whether they have a disability, blindness, deaf, diabetes, and so much more! It's important to feel good about yourself!"
Since she posted her heartfelt plea on Change.org in January 2014, more than 4,000 people have signed the petition.
Almost two years later, American Girl finally heard her. According to , on January 1st the company will release a diabetic care kit for their dolls, which will include an insulin pump, glucose meter, insulin pen, and a lancet, among other items. Congrats to Busse on her accomplishment!