Feel Better Friends

I’m SO excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on for some time now.  Introducing Feel Better Friends dolls!

crochet warrior doll

At first glance this adorable doll looks just like any of my other doll creations.  You may be wondering why is this one special, why is she called a Feel Better Friends doll?

Ever since I started crocheting about a year and a half ago I wanted to do something with my new skill to “give back” to my community.  I knew there were many ways to do so, such as making blankets for the homeless, scarves for the needy, or hats for cancer patients and NICU babies.  All of these are admirable projects and worthy causes but for some reason none of them really spoke to me.  I wanted to do something a little more fun and sort of unique.  As I continued on my search I worked on several crochet items broadening my skills and learning new techniques.  I eventually found a love for amigurumi projects including animals and dolls.  During this time I also happened to be following a facebook page called Berekeley’s Battle, for a young girl who is battling cancer.  I don’t know Berkeley or her family personally.  I just happened to come across her page where people can follow her journey and help her with their support, love, prayers, and kind words.  I not only felt compelled to follow because of her unfortunate situation and my desire to send my support but also because she lives in my hometown of Topeka, KS, making her story extra close to me.  Over time I followed and I crocheted.  Nothing really relating to the other until one day her family posted this picture of Berkeley with her doll.

sharing with permission from https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleysBattle

sharing with permission from https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleysBattle

Like many young girls she has her special American Girl doll she loves to take with her on outings.  They play together and dress alike.  It was when I saw this picture I felt inspired to help kids whose lives were touched by illness.  In that post, it said, “Berk has decided to go wigless…and she’s ‘twining’ with her American Girl doll.” My first thought was how much I could learn from this brave, adorable little girl about being strong when life gets hard. My second thought was how great it would be if Berkeley could actually be twins with her doll and they BOTH could go wigless! It’s then that I thought I could crochet Berkeley her very own twinsie doll she could take with her to doctors appointments and hold during her chemo treatments. I was very excited about this idea and quickly got to work, not knowing if I could pull it off or not, I never made a wig for a doll before… but I had to try.

I am pleased to announce that Berkeley now has her very own Berkeley Feel Better Friend!

child cancer illness doll

She has pretty brown eyes and a lovely smile, just like Berkeley. I tried to match her to wear a smaller version of some of her favorite clothes… including her signature pink cowgirl boots!!

sharing with permission from https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleysBattle

sharing with permission from https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleysBattle


 I made them both matching hats and of course she has a wig just like Berkeley does!


I don’t know how hard it must be for a little girl to face the struggles that comes with her illness.  I can only hope that her new doll brings a smile to her face, and a friend she can relate to.

Thank you Berkeley for sharing your courageous story and for being such an inspiration to so many!  It’s because of you that I might have found a way I can use my art to “give back”.  I plan to make more Feel Better Friend dolls as I have time and giving them to children who are fighting cancer and other related illnesses.  I’m already in the works of my second doll that will go to a special little boy from my hometown!

I encourage everyone to follow along on Berkeley’s Battle and share your support!

I’ve had many requests from fellow crocheters and crafters who would like to be involved in this project or make some of their own Feel Better Friends to donate to cancer centers in their area.  I appreciate all the help I can get and encourage anyone who would like to be a part of this organization to join the Feel Better Friends Doll Makers group on facebook.  If you have another way you would like to help or donate please message me here. You can also like my Shanonigans page on facebook to see more dolls as they are made. Thank you all for your support and kind words!


All the best,



If you would like to request a doll for a qualifying child fill out the doll REQUEST form and send it to me along with at least 2 photos of the child.

All dolls are 100% donated and handmade by volunteers.  Please allow several weeks to months to receive your doll.

If you would like to donate supplies or make a monetary donation please email me here.


18 thoughts on “Feel Better Friends

  1. This is the most incredible thing I’ve seen. I lost my best friend at 13 to leukemia so I will definitely be liking the page on Facebook and I would love to donate to children in my area. Thank you for sharing this phenomenal project and being an inspiration.

  2. How can I buy one of these???? My sister is a breast cancer patient right now in Topeka (she was in the paper today!) and her little girl (3 years old) would love this! She likes to wear “cancer hats” with her mom. 🙂 I absolutely LOVE this idea and am so glad you created this. Berkely and her family are the most amazing people and you couldn’t have chosen a better family to bless with your crochet skills.

    • Hi there Laura, thanks for your post and nice comments! I don’t sell the Feel Better Friends dolls. They are all donated. I would be happy to put her on the list if you like. If you would like to purchase a Mini-me doll (as seen here: https://shanonigans.com/2014/04/14/introducing-mini/ ) you can do that too. Either way, I will just need you to email me here with at least 2 photos of the person you would like a doll to represent. I will need a close up showing details such as hair (or wig) and eye color and another full body photo of the person from head to toe in their favorite outfit that is simple enough to duplicate. I look forward to working with you! All the best, Shanon

  3. What an amazing idea! I’ve sent in a request to join the group on FB. Looking forward to contributing to the Feel Better Friends Community. So inspired by little Berkeley – you go girl! xo

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  6. Do you make them for boys………my son is a cancer kid. He’s African American and he’d love one of these with a cool hat to match since boys don’t do the wigs!

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  8. I would love to help crochet some dolls! This is such a beautiful thing you’re doing and I’d love to help. I’m an avid crocheter so if you could use a few extra hands in the work, please let me know how to get started. God bless you for your kindness to those who need it most.

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  10. Wow. Love the doll and would love to make them, for my husbands 4 sisters, who all had some form of cancer. All are now dormant. 1 had a breast removed and the other 3 were “luckier” they had lumps removed. As I said all are in remission, but it remember my sil had to wear wigs. I realize they are not children but out of a family of 5 – 4 girls 1 boy that all 4 girls had cancer, and all approximately at the same time. Please, if ever you come out with a pattern, I would like to know, as I would like to make one doll for my sister in law who’s the worse one right now. Dr.told her they didn’t get it all, but right now she’s not doing too badly. Thank you


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