An Antigo girl who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes is now finding a unique way to spread the word about her disease. She's looking to get help from American Girl to show young girls with diabetes they're not alone.
Anja Busse has been learning how to adjust to life since she was diagnosed with type one diabetes last year.
It hasn't been easy, but her family continues to be supportive even buying her an American Girl doll.
"I got my first American Girl doll after I got diagnosed with diabetes, I actually has been saving up since before I got diabetes to get this doll. The doll was supposed to look exactly like me. So, I picked the doll, the right one out by and I ended up getting glasses for her,” Explained Anja.
She tried hard to make her doll just like her by ordering accessories-- but quickly 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,” she said
That's when she got the idea to make a petition to get American Girl to create those accessories. And it's a mission this 11-year old is taking on herself.
"I actually started looking up insulin pump petitions for American Girl dolls and I found this one for a disability doll of the year. I was like, this is cool so I told my mom about it."
The rest was history. Her mom set up an online petition. Right now, they have 2,000 signatures but hope to get 100,000. It's something both Anja and her mom hope will spread awareness.
"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,” explained Anja's mom, Ingrid.
While they haven't yet gotten word from American Girl, they're very optimistic it will become a reality.
click here to sign the petition.
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