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Real Girls Doing Amazing Things!
What are you waiting for? Get inspired by these incredible girls who are
making their dreams reality right now!
By Betsy Fast & Jelani Addams Rosa
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8-Year-Old Starts Global Organization To Help
Children Get Access To Eye Care
WHY SHE'S AMAZING: At just 8 years old, Lillian Pravada founded Vision For And From
Children, an organization that helps vision-impaired children around the world get the care
and resources necessary to undergo eyesight surgery. Because of her incredible work, Lillian
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was awarded the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, a $36,000 grant that recognizes
teens for their commitment to social good and volunteer service.
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Teen Girls Doing Amazing Things - Teenage Inspiring Stories - Seventeen
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Lillian was born with a cataract and had it removed at nine weeks old. After undergoing
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multiple surgeries throughout her childhood to restore her vision, Lillian realized that she was
one of a few children fortunate enough to have the access to these expensive treatments.
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“The more time I spent in the hospital, the more I learned that not every child in need of care
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is fortunate to receive it,” she said. “Many children in the United States and around the world
do not have access to doctors, hospitals, medicine, glasses, and vision therapy or if they do
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have proximity access, their family and relatives may not have the necessary financial
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WHAT'S NEXT: Now, at age 14, Lillian’s organization has helped more than 24,000 children
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get eye care. She plans to continue to grow the org and reach out to more children in need.
“I realized that while there are many children in need of eye care, there are also so many
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generous people in this world who are willing to help others,” she said.
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