Dolls bring 'True Hope' to young cancer patients


by Brooke Katz


Posted on October 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

A doll is a small gift sometimes given to one child from another, but the dolls Eileen Martin is giving out have special meaning. The 12-year-old has made it her mission to give out "True Hope" dolls to children battling cancer. The dolls are bald, and are meant to inspire strength and inspiration.

"I think it's very cool because I can have one like me," said Trinity, 11, who is a cancer patient at Kosair Children's Hospital. "It makes me feel like it's OK to be myself and go out bald, without a hat, or wig or anything."

Eileen got the idea for the project after her friend  Kinley was diagnosed with Leukemia last year.

Each doll may look different, but they all carry the same meaning to Eileen.

"You're beautiful, even if you're bald and going through chemo," Eileen said.

It's a meaning that resonates with Trinity, who has her own message to Eileen.

"Thank you very much, because it's a nice thing to do and we all really appreciate them."

You can help Eileen with her mission to give out even more dolls to more children. Click here to check out her Facebook page.

You can also click here to donate money for dolls here.

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