She lived a life both blind and deaf until a neighbor told her about a surgery she needed.
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When people used to see a woman named Tikka on the streets of Nepal, her head was often faced down toward the ground.

She wasn't trying to be anti-social...


...she just couldn't see or hear anything.

I don't blame her. It was hard to interact!

Tikka was blind and deaf and wasn't able to take care of herself or contribute to her community like she wanted. Luckily, her hero daughter never left her side, making sure Tikka had what she needed every day. And as any caretaker knows, that's an exhausting life.

But Tikka didn't have to be blind. She just didn't know it.

After all, it's hard to know about your options when you don't have any around you. In fact, 80% of all blindness in the world is either preventable or curable — but what happens when the cure isn't available?

In comes Seva.

Down the road in a nearby village, a Seva Eye Camp had set up shop. A neighbor told Tikka's family that there was a mobile surgical center for people who needed access to eye care and to sight-restoring surgeries but lacked the typical resources in the areas they lived in. Areas like remote villages in Nepal.

Tikka and her daughter caught word of the eye camp and walked the distance to check it out. Their world was about to get a whole lot bigger and brighter. She was able to get the 15-minute cataract surgery she didn't know she needed.

In just the last 25 years, the Seva Foundation has provided surgery to restore the eyesight of 3.5 MILLION people around the world.

That's a lot — and Tikka was one of them. I love it!

Her smile is the best... and you can see more of it in the video below.

The coolest part? You too can help people like Tikka see again through a TOMS-supported cataract surgery from their Sight Giving Partner, Seva. Your purchase of TOMS eyewear helps restore sight to an individual through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses or medical treatment.

If you don't need another pair of sunglasses, it's all good. You can also support the Seva Foundation by directly donating to the organization here.

The gift of sight can open up a whole new world and help us all work toward a more equal, productive, and happy time while we're here on this planet ... together.

Tikka knows the power of sight. Her story is quite a special one. Check out her story here:

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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