Meet the Kids: Zachary

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 changed with the blink of an eye. We don’t always recognize the signs of a stroke in a child, and we never expect it. It’s been a long challenging road, but today Zachary is enjoying the activities he did before, but approaches them more carefully and can’t participate in the same way. This is particularly true of his bike. Finding a way for kids to be included in the activities they love is such an important part of healing. For Zachary, that means an adaptive bike to increase his mobility, Independence and strength. His mom says that most importantly it provides a sense of normalcy for Zachary and his family. All that, from something as basic as a bike! Help all kids like Zachary to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Donate today

Meet the Kids: Olivia

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 into someone’s house. That means that if Olivia wants to go into a friends house to play or for a birthday party, she has to rely on her parents lifting her in a manual wheelchair. Once inside, she can’t navigate as well. There is a device that converts a manual wheelchair into a temporary power chair. Lightweight and portable, it would allow Olivia greater Social inclusion and help her transport her more easily. This product is made in Canada and Olivia’s will be the first in the United States! Another first from Variety KC – and just the start of so many new adventures for Olivia! Help us to help other kiddos like Olivia, donate today!

 

Meet the Kids: Caroline

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. Caroline can walk short distances, but her desire to keep going is greater than her ability. An Amtrak’s Hand-Foot Tricycle, not covered by insurance, could help in so many ways. It would help strengthen her gross motor skills and coordination. It would give Caroline some of the independence she craves, and it would allow her to keep up with her sister and friends. Variety KC believes every kid should have the childhood joy of riding a bike, so Caroline is getting hers thanks to generous community supporters like you! Donate today

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 Variety KC. In a single day, they were able to raise enough to buy a tablet and apps for Nick’s full-time use! Hy-Vee gave Nick a voice. Having that voices increases communication with his family, teachers, and friends. Best of all, it reduces the frustration of not being able to relay his wants and needs. It’s a great example of a Kansas City company helping Kansas City kids! If you want some ideas of how you and your company can help, email varietykc@gmail.com today.

Meet the Kids: Landon

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 to keep up with his twin, but weakness on one side holds him back. An Amtryke Therapeutic Tricycle would help him to keep up with his twin brother and their friends. Landon’s parents are determined not to set limitations in him and Variety supports that completely. So, thanks to generous Variety donors, Landon is getting his tryke, because he – like all kids – should have a chance to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Donate today.

Meet the Kids: Ellie

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 opportunities for inclusion. At the same time, they know how interacting with Ellie also benefits her “typical” friends. In order to be more independent and to keep up with her busy friends and sister, Ellie could benefit from a Hand Foot Tryke. She has had a chance to use one during therapy and loves it. Unfortunately, it isn’t a device covered by insurance – so her family has reached out to Variety KC. Variety partners believe every child has a childhood right to ride a bike! And, Ellie is getting hers! You can help other kiddos like Ellie, donate or find out more HERE.