Unique handmade dolls to help kids understand hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatment for cancer.


When I first heard the word cancer, my world silently shattered into fragments. My first thoughts turned to the life I share with my husband and two small daughters.

As the days and weeks went on, I began looking for ways for my girls (six and four years old at the time) to deal with what was happening before them – Mummy’s treatments, Mummy’s change in appearance – how do you explain all of this to two tiny humans?

I’d heard about a company that made dolls with removable hair, but after searching I couldn’t find anything I could buy for my girls. So, I decided to make my own. Well not exactly make my own because using a needle and thread is as foreign to me as building an Egyptian pyramid! I needed help, so I enlisted the help of another Helen who more than knew her way around a sewing machine.

Helen graciously and generously gave me her time and expertise and created me two beautiful dolls that I could use with my girls to help explain what was going to happen to Mum.

And then I wondered – if I wanted a product like this, perhaps they would be useful for other families, either with Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents – or heartbreakingly children themselves, who were facing the loss of hair due to cancer treatments.

I’m looking for a silver lining. This could be it – maybe there is a way I can use this idea to not only help other families work through the cancer discussion with their children. We have established a not-for-profit organisation in Queensland, and in the last 12 months raised enough funds to allow us to manufacture our first 500 dolls. We have been partnering with hospitals, health services and a range of support services for patients experiencing cancer, and their families. This network is allowing us to provide access to dolls for free or at a low cost at an incredibly difficult time.

But we need your help to continue providing this important resource!

Helen Rays


Did you know that supporting patients to plan for hair-loss can significantly reduce anxiety, depression and loss of confidence in cancer patients? Having emotional and practical support to help cope with the side effects of treatment can improve quality of life for cancer patients and their children.


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