The Truly Me line of American Girl dolls helps every girl “express what makes her one of a kind.” But two years ago, then-11-year old Anja Busse of Wisconsin wasn’t buying it. She’d recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the autoimmune form of the disease found most often in children and teenagers and is treated with insulin therapy, according to the American Diabetes Association. In 2012, more than 1.25 million American children and adults had type 1 diabetes.
“I feel so different now and my whole life has been turned around,” Busse says on the petition she began to rally for a “Truly Me” American Girl doll that was truly just like her. “I want to have diabetic accessories for my American Girl doll so she is just like me,” she stated. “I just want everyone to feel good about themselves no matter if they have something ‘wrong with them.’”
Anja, and the hundreds of others who contacted American Girl, can now claim victory!
Diabetic Kits, including an insulin pump, glucose meter, insulin pen, and medical alert bracelet, among other items, will be available in American Doll stores beginning January 1st for $24.
“American Girl has a long history of creating items that speak to diversity and inclusion,” said Stephanie Spanos, spokeswoman for American Girl, in an email to the LA Times. “The diabetes care kit is yet another way we are expanding in this important area.”
A set of arm crutches will also be released in the new year, adding to the wheelchairs, hearing aids, and dolls without hair already for sale.
Would you buy a diabetic care kit for your child’s doll? What other accessories would you like to see?