4-Year-Old Battling Cancer Receives One-Of-A-Kind Barbie

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – She loves tea parties and playing princess. But, when 4-year-old Genesis Reyes underwent chemotherapy to battle her cancer, her hair fell out. The normally jubilant child started to feel a little sad.

“A few weeks into it her hair started falling out and she came in…now, this was a child that was so happy and loves to play and playful. She just didn’t want to do anything that day, just sat there,” said Kim Krupa, spokesperson from the Cancer Center for Kids in Mineola, Long Island.

genesis 4 Year Old Battling Cancer Receives One Of A Kind Barbie

Genesis Reyes (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Genesis told her parents, doctors and nurses that she did not feel like a princess anymore without her hair.

“They can’t really, especially at her age 3 or 3-and-a-half, they can’t really process and understand why they don’t have hair, but they clearly have an understanding that they don’t think it’s right. And it was so upsetting, and I said ‘We need to make her a princess, make her feel special,'” said Krupa.

Another parent whose daughter is also being treated heard about Genesis and told Krupa she wants to do something to help. Turned out, the mother knows the wife of Mattel Toy Company CEO.

Mattel made a one-of-a-kind Barbie in the likeness of Genesis… that is bald. The Barbie is in a princess gown and is named ‘Princess Genesis.’

“They made a doll that looks like her that’s bald in a beautiful princess outfit. The box, the packaging is completely ‘Princess Genesis’ and says ‘100 percent princess’, it’s beautiful. It’s just amazing – a one-of-a-kind original doll only for her,” said Krupa.

Genesis wore a princess gown and crown when she received the doll.

“I think that she will be thrilled to see that princesses don’t have to have hair,” said Krupa.

What do you think of the one-of-a-kind Barbie doll? Share your thoughts below!

  • connie

    We know this little girl, she deserved it! We too are battling cancer at that clinic and I think the clinic should have a few in the play area for all the kids to play with! cmon Mattel!

  • beverly zumwalt

    outstanding, you should put them on the market.

  • Sheila Millan-Pagan

    Mattel should make some more replicas of this beautiful doll and sell them and give the profits to the families of kids with cancer … I would be for a good cause… <3

    • daversa

      i personally think this was the angel thinking in a special person why cant everybody think like this beautiful gift the best barbie yet

  • sheila pagan

    Mattel should make some more replicas of this beautiful doll and sell them and give the profits to the families of kids with cancer … I would be for a good cause… <3

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  • tiger eyes

    I agree, bless the mattel toy company, it is awesome! I’m sure this made that special little princess feel better about herself while she’s battling this dreadful disease. It shows and teaches all of us that hair doesn’t make the person, it’s what’s inside that counts that really makes a person beautiful. We will keep her in our prayers and hope God speeds recovery to her.

  • molly

    my god , i am so over welmed over this … this is by far the best thing someone could have done for this little girl . i know first hand how this feels ,unfortunatly i lost my grandson from cancer , he was two years old , and even at two ,he was looking at me strange when he was touching his head and his hair was coming out into his hands . its a place you never want to be in . bless you mattel toy company …. youve really out done yourself this time

  • Ken

    That is just awesome.

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