Ma’Liyah is a toddler affectionately called “Liyah” by her family. She is a people person who lights up when meeting others. She loves her family, her toys and cartoons (especially Doc McStuffins!). With spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Liyah is unable to stand by herself. Her world is seen from sitting or laying down and observing others. A medical stander would allow Liyah to experience the world from the same perspective of her peers. It is important for kids with special needs to be around other kids, so that they recognize and understand they are just as important. Variety partners, volunteers and donors know that – and that is why they have made it possible for Liyah to have her stander.
You can help kiddos like Liyah too! Visit www.varietykc.org to find out how.