Like many 10-year-olds, Melissa Shang is a huge fan of American Girl dolls, and she's recently decided to take her vision for the company straight to the top. Melissa lives with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and is using her own experience and challenges as the basis for a Change.org petition aimed at the brand's president. Melissa's wish? For American Girl's next "Girl of the Year" to have a disability. Her petition reads:
"For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story. Disabled girls might be different from normal kids on the outside. They might sit in a wheelchair like I do, or have some other difficulty that other kids don’t have. However, we are the same as other girls on the inside, with the same thoughts and feelings. American Girls are supposed to represent all the girls that make up American history, past and present. That includes disabled girls."
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