Only nine weeks after Lillian was born, she underwent surgery to remove a congenital cataract from her left eye. At age 5, she returned to the operating room to repair a lazy eye. After undergoing her eye surgeries, Lillian learned that not every child in need of eye care is fortunate to receive it. Not letting the surgeries set her back, she was inspired her to give the gift of sight to underprivileged children the world over.
Pravda initially started Vision for and from Children to help comfort young patients in a pediatric surgical unit, but soon grew it into an organization that supports children across the globe by providing access to sight-saving surgeries and vision services that they so desperately need and deserve. Millions of children are visually impaired, yet most have conditions that are easily diagnosed and corrected with access to treatment. To date, Vision for and from Children has helped 26,330 children around the world receive the gift of sight. It is Lillian's hope that, together, everyone will enable others to see the sun and moon.
Nick Cannon and HALO Honoree Lillian Pravda speak onstage during the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Nov. 10, 2016 - Source: Craig Barritt/Getty Images North America)
Watch Lillian receive her honor at the must-see concert event of the season, the 2016 HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring special appearances by top music artists Jason Derulo, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Daya, Jake Miller, Jacob Whitesides, Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa, and stars from the Nickelodeon hit shows The Thundermans and School of Rock, premiering Sunday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon USA, TeenNick and Nicktoons! For more information about the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards and Vision for and from Children, visit nick.com/halo16 and visionforandfromchildren.org. Congratulations on your award, Lillian!!
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