For Taylor Thomas of Baltimore County, Maryland, happiness can be found in a bottle of nail polish.
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This year has been a hard one for the 8-year-old, who was born with spina bifida and gets around in a wheelchair. Even so, she’s found a way to spread love and positivity to other children through her favorite pastime.
Taylor was recently diagnosed with anxiety, PTSD, and depression after being bullied at school. Her mom Nickell quickly decided it would be best to take her out of the classroom and put her in therapy.
There, Taylor learned the key to her happy place was painting nails! Ever since she had her first manicure at 3 years old, the process has never failed to cheer her up. Soon, she had a wonderful idea. She could help other kids find happy places of their own in the form of bright, sparkly colors!
That’s when Taylor started her business: Lola Marie Polish. Not only does the company offer vegan and cruelty-free polishes (topped with adorable crown wands), but it has also become a source of joy to children and adults alike!
“For her to be able to have these positive nail polish names in her mind, she’s telling other little girls how great they are,” Nickell said. “She is fearless, and to know her is a blessing. I’m so proud and happy to be her mom.”
Today, Lola Marie Polish has more than 30 colors to choose from – and has added a cute variety of accessories and jewelry!
More importantly, the company reflects Nickell’s wise lesson for her daughter to always give back.
Each month, Taylor sends packages of nail polish to the Casey Cares Foundation, an organization that provides “uplifting programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families.” The nonprofit takes her packages to hospitals, giving young patients something to smile about!
In addition to brightening other people’s days, Taylor hopes to raise enough money to buy a wheelchair accessible van so she can get around more easily. You can help her get what she needs by donating here.
This is such an amazing way to turn life’s struggles into something uplifting! We’re so proud of you, Taylor!
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