The Bravery Buddies are a collection of dolls for children who are either battling cancer or who have a loved one with cancer.
These dolls may just be dolls, but they are special. They send the message to a child that “you are not alone”. They are inclusive dolls for both boys and girls of different ethnicities and colours representing a range of cancers. I want to ensure that no child feels left out. In short, I created these dolls to try and lessen the pain that I myself felt, and that I never want other children in the same situation to feel. I created them to bring even just a glimmer of joy to their lives.
The Bravery Buddies have no hair, just like a lot of children who are battling cancer. The aim is for the dolls’ physical appearance to help sick kids feel like they’ve got an empathetic friend on their side. To be able to look at their special friend and think, “Hey, you’re just like me.” Children are able to form a bond with their dolls, to share the experience of cancer - to be a friend to them when they need one most.
On Christmas eve 2018, my husband, son and I took a load of dolls to the Lady Cilento hospital in Brisbane and handed them out. I could tell it meant so much, not only to the children but to the parents as well. It may be a small thing but I know from personal experience that even small kindnesses in a time of trauma mean so much. I can honestly say that it was the most rewarding experience of my life and I had an overwhelming feeling that I had finally found it…. My purpose, my passion. And I just know I have to keep going.
I quickly set about making a new goal – 5000 dolls distributed in 2019. It’s a huge goal but I am determined to make it happen.
Of course I cannot do it alone and I have created this GoFundMe to raise much needed money to make our goal a reality. Our goal for 2019 is to raise $25,000 to cover the cost of production, marketing and distribution costs. Please dig deep and help us put some smiles on some gorgeous little faces!
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