Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Kimmie Cares Chemotheraphy Dolls for Children
Kimmie Cares made by the Partners for a Cure Foundation is a doll for kids whose mothers have breast cancer. Or really, it’s for any child who has a female relative living with cancer or is going through chemotherapy herself.
The pivotal feature of these polyester machine-washable dolls is that they come with three hair stagesâ€”full hair, short hair and bald wrapped in a scarf. How the three pieces affix to the doll’s head is not explained, but presumably it’s a Velcro strip or snap.
The Big Idea is that the doll helps a mother explain to her children about the physical changes she is going through, such as hair loss. A child might role-play the sickness to help come to terms with it, and care for the doll in a way that perhaps she can’t do, as a little person, for her mom.
Five skin colors are offered to approximate Asian, African, Latin, Native-American or white heritage. Photos taken by ABC News indicate the doll is about 12 to 18 inches tall.
Kimmie is the brainchild of Kim Goebel who conceived the doll idea while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. She approved a prototype doll before dying in 2004. Today, Goebel’s sister is president of the Partners For A Cure Foundation.
The dolls are not intended for very young children, and the organization’s eBay presence pegs that at age 4. I presume this stems from a concern that toddlers might pull the hair or scarf loose and put it in their mouths. My daughter was free and clear of that behavior by 18 months, but a more common age cited is 3 years. Your mileage may vary.
The doll ships with a 36-page book titled, Mommy and Me… Taking Care of Each Other.
Kimmie Cares costs $40. A Spanish-language version of the book is also available.
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