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Meet the Kids: Lindy

Lindy

During our recent radiothon for adaptive bikes, Variety KC heard of so many deserving kids with special needs who could benefit from a bike. Lindy is one of those kids. She’s a social active toddler who experienced an adaptive bike at the Lee Ann Brittan Center. She was able to independently pedal on the very first try! Having an adaptive trike of her own would allow her to build gross motor skills and spend time outdoors with her family and friends. Doesn’t every child deserve a chance to ride a bike?  Contact us today to help – varietykc@gmail.com.

Meet the Kids: Bruce

Bruce

Bruce has cerebral palsy and developmental delays. Everyday tasks that we take for granted, like getting dressed or bathing, have been a terrific challenge for him. Still, he tackles every task with a smile on his face and loves being with his family and friends. An adaptive bike would make those family times even more frequent and more special, allowing Bruce to be more social, gain independence, and built strength. Bruce received his bike because of generous donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and physical opportunities. Can you help other kids like Bruce?  Visit varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Pholet

Pholet

The therapists at Ability KC wrote to Variety KC to tell us about a young woman named Pholet. For distances further than 400 feet, Pholet uses a wheelchair. She recently went through surgery and is in physical therapy for strengthening. An adaptive bike would do so much to improve her sitting balance, endurance, and core strength. That’s what Variety KC Donors wanted for Pholet too!  So, at the recent radiothon for bikes, enough money was raised to buy so many deserving kids an adaptive bike….including Pholet. Help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – www.varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Natalya

Natalya

Natalya survived a stroke at the age of two weeks and now she has weakness on the right side of her body. She’s a bright and social little girl who just wants to keep up with her peers! Natalya received her bike because of generous Variety KC donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and in Natalya’s case, for physical strengthening too. Can you help other kids like Natalya?  Visit varietykc.org.

 

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.

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