Melissa Shang is an 15-year-old who goes to Newton South High School. Born with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Melissa is a disability advocate and an American Girl fan. With the help of her sister Eva, Melissa launched a viral petition of a disabled American Girl doll that was featured in Cosmopolitan, USA Today, CBS, HLN, IB Times, and other major news outlets and raised massive public attention to disability representation in children’s toys. Currently, Melissa has published her first book, Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School.
Melissa loves to sing, read, and hopes to one day be a therapist. Her favorite song is Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.