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Barbie Goes Bald for Children With Cancer

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Barbie is going to be going bald for children with cancer (and other diseases that cause baldness) thanks to the efforts of a local mom who petitioned Mattel.

Lancaster resident Rebecca Sypin decided to launch a Facebook campaign after her daughter started chemo treatments for leukemia. She teamed up with her friend Jane Bingham, who was also fighting cancer.

Mattel sent Sypin a form letter a couple months ago saying that the company doesn't accept ideas from outside the company, but today the company changed its tune and announced that it was launching the design of a new, bald friend for Barbie, according to KABC. The doll will come with wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories.

The dolls won't be sold in stores—instead they will be given directly to children who lose their hair, and the Children's Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata foundations. Production starts next year.