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Meet the Kids: Gabe

Gabe

Gabe has so many physical limitations, but is smart as a whip and very socially and mentally aware. His physical limitations restrict activities and he spends too much of his time as an observer. An adaptive bike would allow him to ride along during family walks and would greatly broaden his horizons. That’s what Variety KC Donors wanted for Gabe too!  So, at the recent radiothon for bikes, enough money was raised to buy so many deserving kids an adaptive bike….including Gabe. Help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – www.varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Rebecca

Rebecca

Neighbors helping neighbors. Little Rebecca is a 3-year old from a nearby Amish community. She faces a number of physical conditions and challenges, but a neighbor had heard about Variety KC and reached out for Rebecca and her family. Being an inclusive organization, Variety KC embraces all cultures and fulfilled the request for a wheelchair for Rebecca, providing one in black as requested. If you know someone who needs help with mobility or inclusion equipment, visit varietykc.org. Help us to make sure all kids can Be Active, Be Social and Belong!

Meet the Kids: Megan

Megan

Little Megan is a go-getter, the problem is – Megan has a visual impairment that doesn’t allow her to see beyond three feet. This can result in a number of safety issues and potential for harm. Variety KC was able to fix Megan up a crocodile walker with pelvic pad and straps. This will keep her protected and stabilized as she goes out to conquer the world. When kiddos have challenges we help them find solutions! Contact Variety KC to help today. Email varietykc@gmail.com or visit www.varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Dominique

Dominique

Just look at this photo of Dominique on his first day of school!  He is a young guy full of promise and yet struggles with some of the challenges of being on the autism spectrum. His teachers noticed a behavioral change and sense of excitement when Dominique was exposed to technology. He is successfully using an iPad at school and really opening up and moving forward in his learning. Having an iPad at home would help Dominique to engage and communicate more at home with his family, it would also provide a way for him to engage with friends. There are so many ways we can facilitate inclusion and communication is such an important one. Help Variety KC to help other kids like Dominique – donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Landon

Landon

Landon has Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, he also has a tremendous amount of spirit and energy! He primarily uses a wheelchair and sometimes a walker for mobility, but an adaptive bike would give him so much more than that – it would give him independence and opportunities for inclusion. This year Variety KC held a bike drive radiothon with 102.1 and funded bikes for so many excited Variety Kids. Then Danny O’Neill from The Roasterie took a fundraising ride to Alaska and funded even more! Let’s make sure every child gets a chance to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong – on a bike! Donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Zoe Ann

Zoe Ann

Some folks were surprised when they heard Zoe wants to ride a bike, after all, Zoe’s spinal bifida prevents her from using her legs. Fortunately there are hand pedaled adaptive bikes for young ladies like Zoe and that’s exactly what Variety KC’s generous donors got for her! Now Zoe doesn’t have to look out her window at all the kids in her complex playing outside – she is out there with them! This has been an amazing year for our adaptive bike drive, with so many Variety Kids now outdoors and riding with their family and friends. Doesn’t every child deserve something as simple as the joy of riding a bike?  Help us make that happen, donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Jocelyn

Josie

Physical coordination and strength contribute greatly to a child’s well-being. That’s why Josie, who is challenged by both cerebral palsy and CVI, would benefit greatly from an adaptive bicycle. You see, for Variety KC Kids, riding a bike isn’t just a fun activity – it’s an important aspect of their well-being. Josie received her bike because of generous donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and physical opportunities. Can you help?  Visit varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Dylan

Dylan

At the age of four, Dylan is such a fun and happy little fellow, but he is having such a difficult time communicating his wants and needs. Can you imagine how frustrating that must be? Recently his speech therapists introduced Dylan to a tablet and communication apps and a whole new world opened up to him. Having a tablet at home would be ideal, but insurance doesn’t cover it and the expense is just too much at this time. Caring Variety donors wanted Dylan to have a “voice” not just at school, but at home too – and Dylan is getting his tablet. Join us in helping other kids like Dylan, donate today at varietykc.org

Meet the Kids: Terry

Terry

Terry’s teachers say that he has an absolutely infectious personality and loves to learn. Being non-verbal stands in his way because of the frustration it causes, but with today’s technology and apps, we have a way to give Terry a “voice.”  Communication is such an important part of inclusion and generous Variety partners understand that. Through his new technology, Terry will be able to engage more with peers and gain an increased sense of independence. That’s what Variety KC donors wanted for Terry. Help us to help other kids to find a “voice” – visit varietykc.org to donate today!

Meet the Kids: George

George

George is wheelchair-bound and relies on a g-tube for his nutrition. He is unable to sit up on his own, walk or talk. Still, his biggest challenge is just having equipment and opportunities for inclusion. As his mother says, the adaptive special needs equipment is not only expensive – it isn’t covered by insurance. However, something as “typical” as floor-sitter equipment would allow George to be included in so many more family activities. It’s a gift of inclusion and of dignity – and that’s exactly what Variety partners gave George. There are so many kids, right here in our community, that need basic equipment in order to participate in typical daily events. Can you help to make that happen for other kids like George? Email us at varietykc@gmail.com

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