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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

Meet the Kids: Isaac

Isaac

Isaac was born with a rare condition causing paralysis in his lower extremities, but that doesn’t stop Issac! He’s an active little guy and just loves sports! With the right kind of wheelchair, Isaac would be able to participate in a variety of wheelchair sports. Instead of sitting on the bench, he’ll be out competing – just like his brother and friends. Variety’s generous donors heard about Isaac and made sure he received the wheelchair he needed. Making sure all kids get a chance to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – find out how you can help at VarietyKC.org.

Meet the Kids: Nick

Nick

Nick is just four years old, but he certainly knows what he wants! The only problem is, he has trouble communicating it. His receptive language skills are within normal limits, but to communicate he relies on gestures or by taking your hand and leading you to what he wants. Today’s technology, tablets and apps, can give Nick the voice he desperately wants and needs – but insurance doesn’t cover that. However, generous Variety partners did! They have given Nick a “voice” and through that, a chance to engage with family, teachers and friends. Won’t you help other kids like Nick? Donate today at www.varietykc.org. 

Meet the Kids: Kaytlynn

Kaytlynn

Kaytlynn is an active little girl that covers a lot of ground; that’s quite an accomplishment given her very restricted visual fields.

Traditional bicycles are too dangerous for her and the risk of falling is too great. However, a recumbent bike would allow her to safely ride bikes with her friends, but keep her safe by keeping her low to the ground. During the recent radiothon for adaptive bicycles, generous Variety donors were able to provide a recumbent bike for Kaytlynn and she

is back outside with her friends – exactly where she wants to be. Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike?  Donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Aamir

Aamir

Amir has a rare chromosome deletion that causes cognitive impairment and mobility issues. He meets his challenges with a positive attitude and likes nothing more than to be engaged with his siblings and friends, especially outdoors. An adaptive bike would provide tremendous physical activity to help Amir strengthen his muscles, but the cost is not covered by insurance and it is too expensive for a young family.

During the recent radiothon for adaptive bicycles, caring Variety donors heard about Amir and his wish to ride bikes with his siblings and peers….and they made it happen!  Happy Trails Amir! Help Variety help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Kaden

Kaden

Kaden is a bright little boy whose disability makes it impossible for his body to move at will, but it does not affect his brain. Adaptive bikes come in so many forms, for so many different disabilities. An assisted bike, with either a co-rider or someone pushing from behind, are ideal for so many kids like Kaden. Having a Freedom Concepts Tricycle would bring him one step closer to where he wants to be….outside playing and interacting with other kids. During our recent radiothon for adaptive bikes, generous Variety partners pulled together to get Kaden his bike – a childhood pastime that every child should get to experience. Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike?  Donate today at varietykc.org.

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