Melissa Shang, a 10-year-old fan of American Girl dollars, is is petitioning the brand to name a doll with a disability as its 2015 Girl of the Year.
Her simple, profound reasoning? "Disabled girls are American girls too," she says.
Melissa, who uses a wheelchair, recently launched a petition on Change (dot) org titled "American Girl: Release an American Girl with a disability."
The young girl has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which damages peripheral nerves and causes muscle weakness and decreased muscle size.
Melissa's favorite American Girl dolls are the "Girl of the Year" special editions, which highlight broad, overarching themes and issues of the year.
In the past, these dolls have promoted issues like community service and anti-bullying efforts. She'd like a doll with a disability to be added to that list.
Shang's petition says: