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This story will melt your heart in the best way possible. You've been warned.
Melissa Shang loves American Girl dolls. Not only does American Girl offer specialy dolls from different decades with different histories, but they also have an option to build and customize a doll that looks just like you. Unfortunately, Melissa can't get her doll to look exactly like her because she has Muscular Dystrophy.
Melissa and her older sister took to the internet, made an amazing video (seen below) directed at the toy company and started a petition to change the face of American Girl. The peitition already has over 130,000 signatures. Here's what it says...
When I was seven, like most of my classmates, I fell in love with American Girl dolls - historical and modern girls with stories about overcoming obstacles. I've read all of the books, seen all of the movies, and even visited the American Girl place in New York City. For the past three years, I've asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas.
However, none of the American Girl "Girls of the Year" are like me. None of them have a disability.
Being a disabled girl is hard. Muscular Dystrophy prevents me from activities like running and ice-skating, and all the stuff that other girls take for granted. For once, I don't want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it's like to be me, through a disabled American Girl's story.
You can read more and sign the petition HERE.