Disease & Illness

A Sweet Grandpa With Vitiligo Is Crocheting Dolls For Children With The Skin Condition

This is heartwarming!

Joao Stanganelli has lived with vitiligo, a condition that results in the loss of skin color in blotches, for nearly half his life. The condition occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Although not life-threatening and generally not painful, the altered appearance it causes can make people feel self-conscious or struggle with their self-esteem.

With that in mind, the Brazilian grandfather decided to create dolls with vitiligo to help children with the condition develop a positive self-image. He was inspired, in part, to leave something behind for his grandaughter to remember him by.

He picked up crocheting in just five days after a challenge from his wife, and the doll turned out beautifully. Here he is showcasing that first doll on his Instagram page: