Amy Jandrisevits creates ‘A Doll Like Me’ for children with disabilities and the impact she has had on children around the world is truly incredible.
Amy Jandrisevits was a social worker in a pediatric oncology unit before she came up with her incredible idea. She used to do play therapy with young patients using dolls. But after a while, she realized that the dolls she used had lustrous hair and appeared to be in perfect health. Sadly, that was nothing like the children she worked with in the cancer unit.
“In my time working with the kids, I used dolls in play therapy to help the children express themselves,” Amy said. “It’s hard to tell a child that they are beautiful but follow it with – but you’ll never see yourself in anything that looks like you.”
That’s when she came up with her awesome idea to make Ragedy Ann dolls with a twist. Jandrisevits started to make dolls that looked just like the children that played with them. Each is handmade and looks just like the child it’s made for, matching their unique physical characteristics, medical issues, and ethnicity. She makes them under the name ‘A Doll Like Me’.
Each doll costs $100 to make and if a family can’t afford the cost, Amy covers it with funds raised through her GoFundMe campaign.
She’s also partnered with a children’s hospital to help provide other kids with dolls for comfort as they go through their medical care.
The ultimate goal for Amy is to be able to make the dolls without families having to pay for the costs.
“If we’re going to look at mental health as a necessary part of medical care, this is key.”
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