Children's Health

Georgia girl donates bald American Girl dolls to cancer patients

Bella Fricker has been raising money to donate dolls to young cancer patients.

Bella Fricker has been raising money to donate dolls to young cancer patients.  (Fox 5 Atlanta)

A 9-year-old Georgia girl who loves playing with her American Girl dolls has started a bead bracelet business in the hopes of raising enough money to donate special dolls to cancer patients. Bella Fricker, who has more than a dozen of the dolls herself, first noticed the special dolls while flipping through an American Girl magazine, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The company designed the dolls for children undergoing cancer treatment or suffering from hair-loss conditions.

“We were going to give it to a little girl that is going through chemo,” Bella told Fox 5 Atlanta.

But after seeing the $115 special-order price tag, Bella began brainstorming for a way come up with extra funds.

“I go upstairs, and she’s busted out this table, and put up a sign,” Valerie Fricker, Bella’s mother, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “And I said, ‘What are you doing?’ and she said, ‘Oh I started a business.’”

Bella has sold more than 500 of her beaded bracelets for up to $6 each, and her mom started a Facebook page to help spread the word, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. She also joined “Kids Boost,” a local non-profit that helps children fundraise.

Bella’s proceeds have gone toward buying three dolls so far, one of which went to Norah Adjakpo, who has been battling a brain tumor since April at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s AFLAC Cancer Center, Fox 5 Atlanta.

Bella surprised 8-year-old Norah with a doll around Christmas, and it now accompanies her to appointments and treatment sessions.

“If I have her with me, it’s going to be better,” Norah told Fox 5 Atlanta. “I don’t have to worry about my hair being lost. Because  I don’t have hair, and she doesn’t have hair.”