When she was just 4 years old, Chelsea went blind in her left eye. Two years later, she lost hearing in her right ear. She might have been spared years of struggle if her condition had been caught earlier.
Now, at 24, Chelsea has launched a nonprofit that offers free vision and hearing screenings to school-age children -- particularly from lower income communities, CNN reports.
She calls her organization the Half-Helen Foundation.
"When I learned about Helen Keller for the first time in the fourth grade, I surmised that I am half blind and half deaf, like half Helen," she said.
"What better role model than to name a nonprofit after the most extraordinary woman who overcame obstacles being blind and deaf?"
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