Girl hopes she played role in American Girl's bald doll - WKRN News 2

Mid-State girl hopes she played part in American Girl's bald doll

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Kayla Brooks, 13, has been working to get toy makers to produce dolls without hair for those battling cancer. Kayla Brooks, 13, has been working to get toy makers to produce dolls without hair for those battling cancer.
American Girl announced on Thursday they will begin producing a bald doll. American Girl announced on Thursday they will begin producing a bald doll.
Kayla has collected thousands of signatures petitioning for the dolls. Kayla has collected thousands of signatures petitioning for the dolls.
DICKSON, Tenn. -

Kayla Brooks is giving cancer a run for its money.

The 13-year-old Dickson County girl has spent the last several months collecting nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition asking Disney and American Girl to create a bald doll for young girls going through chemotherapy.

She created a Facebook page, made phone calls and sent countless letters.  

Despite not knowing anyone personally who does not have hair, Brooks has made it her mission to help others.

On Thursday, all of her hard work paid off as she learned her dream was finally coming true.

"I saw it and I know right there my heart had to stop because after that my heart was just skipping the rest of the day. I literally started crying very hard," Brooks told Nashville's News 2.

The teen said she saw American Girl's announcement on plans to release a doll without hair in honor of young, brave cancer patients via Facebook.  

"It doesn't matter if they think I played a role or not. I know I worked hard on it and got the word out.  Maybe I gave the idea to someone who did mean something," said Brooks.

The middle school student said she plans to continue her work.  

Brooks is growing her hair to donate it to Locks of Love for the third time and she said she plans to continue trying to convince Disney to create a bald doll.

"It means something to me and I've never had a problem with having to keep hair, so I can only imagine what it's like for someone like that," said Brooks. "I just think that they've made an amazing choice."

American Girl announced the company also plans to donate many of the dolls to the Children's Hospital Association.

Mattel recently announced it would create a hairless Barbie for children and MGA Entertainment said it plans to release six Bratz True Hope hairless dolls too.

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