Say hello to Elijah – this 13 year old is going places! Elijah has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive illness that results in his body’s inability to make muscles. Cancer took away part of his eyesight when he was 12 months old. But that doesn’t stop him! He is fully dependent on his power wheelchair and makes the most of that source of mobility at home.
The problem is, he can’t leave the home and take his power wheelchair with him. He would truly benefit from being able to move about the community and enjoy inclusive activities with his peers. His family needed a used van that is side entry accessible. Function – not fancy. Life changing Variety donors stepped in and helped Elijah’s family. Now it is possible to easily get him to medical appointments and opportunities to interact with his family, friends and community.
Did you know that the inability to communicate results in anger, depression, frustration? For families with a child with multiple special needs it is even more difficult. – Click here to see the his Variety ipad helps Ryan find his voice, and find out how you can help more children like Ryan!
At age 12, Bryson is a force to be reckoned with. Dravet Syndrome has challenged him with behavioral and developmental delays, movement and speech issues, orthopedic conditions, delayed language and speech, growth and nutrition issues, sleeping difficulties, chronic infections and sensory integration disorders. And none of this has stopped him! The only thing stopping him from remaining active with his peers is the equipment to do so! Through Variety friends, Bryson is now the owner of a Rifton Adaptive Tricycle – now he is a common sight pedaling around all three wings of his school, with friends and in the community. Give the gift of an adaptive bike and you give a child like Bryson, wings!
Two year old Bailey is a happy park loving girl! Diagnosed with Mosaic Trisomy 13, she has endured multiple surgeries in her short life. A late walker, Bailey has one foot that drags and would greatly benefit from Sure Step SMO braces. Her parents are terrific advocates for Bailey, with tremendous hopes for her future. A future, that thanks to Variety donors, she is tackling one step at a time!
Layna is nearly six years old with a mind of her own! Diagnosed with cerebral palsy and global ischemia, she has two distinct needs. One is positioning and support; this will increase movement and thus, alertness. Next, a method of communication.
With an iPad and mounting system – Layna will be able to communicate with others at her school and with her family at home. With communication comes more independence and that is exactly what Layna needs and wants. Your generosity can help Layna learn and grow!