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80 Stories, 80 Days: Getting Cecilia on the Same Level as Her Siblings

Cecilia’s story of getting a stander to help her get out of her wheelchair and be on the same level with her siblings is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. Through it, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad – happening THIS FRIDAY.

80 Stories, 80 Days: The Thrill of a New Bike and Newfound Independence

This wonderful story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.   

From Christian Cox:

Talking to Deb for the very first time! Her desire to help these children was so infectious … she just loves the kids! Being involved with the building of a new bike for a little girl opened my eyes to how fantastic, and important, the independence and thrill of a new bike can be to a child with special needs.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.  

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad. 

80 Stories, 80 Days: What an Intelligent Little Boy Can Do with a Communication App

Ryan’s story of finding the freedom to say what he wants to say through an iPad application is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. Through it, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: Helping the Down Syndrome Guild Get the Equipment They Need

This grateful story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Amy Allison:

Variety KC has been a wonderful supporter of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City over the years. We have been blessed to receive several grants to help serve our members better. Variety KC helped us procure a 15 passenger van to transport our teens, provided bikes to several of our members, helped obtain a conversion van for two boys who use wheelchairs and invited our members to join fun outings. We truly appreciate all that Variety KC does!

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.  

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad. 

80 Stories, 80 Days: Lemonade Stands, Ice Cream Socials and Kids Helping Kids

This inspiring story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

Written by Ally and Ava Levings:

Ally, Ava and friends presenting an
adaptive bicycle to a Variety child.

Our mom is involved in Variety, so we’ve had a chance to see all of the great efforts to raise money to allow children with special needs to gain mobility. Last summer, we enlisted several of our friends to put together a summer of activities to raise money for Variety with the goal of purchasing an adaptive bike for a child. We all spent the summer doing lemonade stands, ice cream socials, bake sales, etc. We then held one big event – a Bingo Night fundraiser. We invited Variety families, our own friends and families and the community. We were able to raise enough money to present an adaptive bike to a child, and it was so special to see this child loving and enjoying the new bike.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: The Moment He Sat on His Trike, He Was Free

Zane and his son Wyatt’s powerful story of fighting for life, love and freedom is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. Through it, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.


80 Stories, 80 Days: Watching My Daughter Fall in Love With Philanthropy

This heartwarming story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Jill DeBok:

My favorite memory of Variety was watching my daughter the moment she fell in love with philanthropy. We were at a Variety gift presentation, and when she saw the joy on the boy’s face (as he was riding a bike for the first time), I could see the empathy and compassion on her face. Since that moment, my daughter and I have shared many other moments of helping other children through Variety, and it’s a very special part of our mother-daughter relationship.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: Born Awesome!

This heartwarming story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Jennifer Lopez:

My son will be turning 2 next week and he just happens to have Down syndrome. This means he was born Awesome. He’s just like any two year old. He’s running around and chasing our poor cats everywhere. I turned to Variety to see about getting him an iPad to help develop his speech and work on problem solving. He received it last week. He’s already making more sounds and can navigate through some of his apps by himself. This has made such a huge improvement in just a few short days. I’m so grateful for the donation to help him achieve his milestones. Having a child born with an extra chromosome just means he has extra super powers. With Variety donating his iPad it has helped to make those powers soar!!!

Jennifer’s awesome son communicating
through an iPad and apps from Variety.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: People With Heart

This uplifting story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Hannah DeBok:

One of my favorite memories from Variety has been the bike drive a few years ago. I got to dress up in the heart costume and get a ton of bikes from generous people to eager kids. It was freezing but it was 100% worth it because from then on I have become more involved with a community I like to call my family.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: The Moment that Made a Difference

This sincere story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Andy Tretiak:

For me, it was the opening of the new adaptive baseball field in Olathe. I’ve always loved baseball, and it’s amazing that Variety and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation teamed up to build this special park so all kids can play!

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.


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