Girl petitions for American Girl doll diabetes accessories


A Wisconsin girl who recently learned she has Type 1 diabetes wants a doll that's just like her. And she's asking the makers of American Girl dolls to come through with one.

Anja Busse, 11, of Antigo, Wis., is learning to live with the disease after being diagnosed last year, and her parents recently bought her an American Girl doll as a gift. The company, which is owned by Mattel, allows buyers to create a doll that looks like them -- they can pick out the doll's hair color, eyes, and accessories to match, according to a report by WSAW TV.

Anja Busse was ordering her doll, and made a disappointing discovery.

"I was looking through this catalog and the website and I don't see any diabetic supplies. I see service dogs, bald American Girl dolls, wheelchairs, allergy lunches and a whole bunch of other stuff. But I don't see insulin pumps, shots, and diabetic supplies in there,” Busse told the station.

That's when she got the idea to start a petition, asking American Girl to create those accessories, so children with diabetes can have a doll that's just like they are.

She and her mother set up the petition on It reads, in part:

"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! No matter who you are! Be yourself and show YOUR inner star."

Here's the video Busse posted on the website.

Anja has also set up a Facebook page to spread the word.

Right now, her online petition has 2,000 signatures, but she hopes to collect 100,000, according to WSAW.

"Not only would it be good for kids and girls who have Type 1 diabetes-- it would be good for siblings for girls who had brothers or a parent that had diabetes to help them understand the disease more,” Anja's mom, Ingrid, told the station.

While they haven't yet gotten word from American Girl, they're very optimistic it will become a reality.

Here's a news story from NBC.

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