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Meet the Kids: Zachary

Recovering from a Stroke at the Age of Six Zachary is an an active child with a deep sense of caring and faith. At the age of six, he is recreating himself following an AVM rupture that caused a hemorrhagic stroke. As his mother explains, everything...

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Meet the Kids: Olivia

The first of its kind of a one of a kind girl! Olivia is a six-year-old kindergartener who has been using a motorized wheelchair since she was a toddler. The problem with her power chair is that it isn’t able to navigate stairs or even the simplest step...

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Meet the Kids: Caroline

Trying to keep up with big sis Caroline is a two-year-old with a great desire to get out and interact with her sister, her environment, and other kids at daycare. Her diagnosis of PURA syndrome means she has low muscle tone and limitations on her strength....

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Meet the Kids: Nick

Living with Autism - The power of an iPAd Nick is a teenager with a diagnosis of Autism. In his therapeutic learning class, at Marian Hope Center, he is successfully using a tablet and apps to communicate. Recently Hy-Vee ran a special chip promotion for...

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Meet the Kids: Landon

Lagging behind his twin Say hello to Landon, the cutest little dimple-faced smile around. And, Landon is a twin! While in utero, Landon suffered a stroke and as a result he has hemiplegic cerebral palsy. As you can imagine, the driving force in his life is...

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Meet the Kids: Ellie

Down Syndrome isn't holding her back! Three-year-old Ellie is active, curious and full of life! Diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero, Ellie’s parents were determined to find resources, develop a supportive network, and work hard to make sure Ellie had...

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Meet the Kids: Hudson

The FIRST 3D prosthetic Arm in KC! Four-year-old Hudson needed a prosthetic arm. However, prosthetics are usually very expensive and children's prosthetics are rarely covered by insurance. The solution can be a 3D printing solution is both innovative AND...

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Danny’s Ride to Alaska

What does riding a bike mean? It means freedom…independence… mobility. Whether you’re on your motorcycle heading to Alaska or pedaling your first adaptive bike down the sidewalk to join your friends – everyone loves a bike! Variety KC’s...

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Meet the Kids: Darrius

Darrius Darrius is Variety Kid who can’t hear, speak, or walk. He is cared for by a dedicated grandmother who is finding it increasingly painful to move him as he grows. One major mobility hurdle is simply getting him out of the house in his wheelchair. A...

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Meet the Kids: Antonio

Blind & Deaf Child Needs Variety's Help Little Antonio is deaf, blind, and has Phelan McDermid Syndrome. Because of his lack of strength and motor skills, Antonio is unable to sit in a regular chair. He loves taking a bath, but has outgrown a safe baby...

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Meet the Kids: Connor

3 with Autism Connor is an adorable 3-year-old who has been diagnosed with Autism. At this time he is non-verbal; but he is trying so hard. His family can't understand the few sounds he makes and that frustrates him. His older brother also has Autism, but...

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Meet the Kids: Anthony

Can you imagine not being able to speak? It's a reality for Anthony. He has seen so many speech therapists and finally his family was given a name for the condition that makes him unable to speak, Apraxia. He is a little boy with so much to say and is...

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