Variety Blog

Meet the Kids: Garrett


Garrett is an eight-year-old living in an apartment complex loaded with kids riding bikes and scooters. His mom used to try and take him along in a wagon, but he has long outgrown that. (Plus, what young man wants his mother pulling him around, right?) an adaptive bike would allow him to join other kids, get important exercise, and grant him some independence. So that’s exactly what Variety friends did for him!  To help other kids like Garrett, contact us at

Meet the Kids: Truman



Like any two-year-old, Truman just wants to get moving!  His diagnosis of peri ventricular leukomalacia and microcephalic make that a struggle right now. His doctors recommend a gait trainer to get him upright and building strength.  The Caring Program for Children, administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, have partnered with Variety and made sure Truman got the device he needed!  We are happy to report that his therapists believe he is highly motivated and progressing well with his gait trainer! Go Truman!  Please consider partnering with Variety to help other kids Be Active, Be Social, and Belong!  Contact us at

Meet the Kids: Simone


“Okay Simone, let’s see if there is anything you can do here.” After 13 years in a wheelchair, Simone’s mom explains that they constantly struggle in a world built for ambulatory people. Simone and her twin were born at 24 weeks, a brain bleed resulted in conditions that leave Simone immobile.  She is outgoing, loving, and has a wonderful spirit – but as she ages, it gets more and more difficult for her caregivers to lift her in and out of vehicles. Dangerous too.  The family van needed to be adapted and Simone needed a valet seat in that van.  Generous Variety donors came through once again!  It isn’t always exciting to donate for a child’s needs rather than a wish or want – but it is life-changing, and in some cases, life-saving. Help us to help other kids like Simone, visit

Meet the Kids: Kylee


Kylee is eleven years old and like most girls her age, she has a lot to say!  Kylee relies on a tablet to communicate, but recently her well-worn tablet finally gave out. With no tablet, Kylee had no voice!  Can you imagine not being able to communicate your needs and wants?  Variety KC acted fast….and for just $200, Kylee has a voice again!  To help other kids in an emergency type situation, contact us today at



Meet the Kids: Jack


Just look at Jack’s smiling face!  You just have to smile back!  Jack does not string together more than an occasional two-word phrase, but he is very motivated by technology. His therapists feel that an iPad at this young age will go a long way in assisting his communication. Variety partners and donors would love to see that happen, so Jack is now the proud owner of an iPad of his own.  Join us in an effort to keep every child smiling!  Visit



Meet the Kids: Brandon


Brandon is a sweet young man who is completely non-verbal due to Autism. An iPad enables him to communicate at school and during therapy. Having his own device at home will increase communication with his parents and siblings. It will allow him to use one device for home, school, and as he transitions to the workforce. Variety helps kids of all ages to Be Active, Be Social and Belong…and Variety was excited to present Brandon with an iPad of his own.  It’s a great feeling to help a young man like Brandon, come see for yourself – contact



Meet the Kids: Vaughn


At the age of nine, Vaughn has faced more challenges than most adults…and he works so hard!  With vision and mobility hurdles, Vaughn needs an adaptive bike to build strength and to get out and socialize with his friends and family.  His therapists say that he has made great gains using the bike at Beyond Therapy, with noticeable improvement in mobility, strength and endurance. He could continue this progress with a bike at his home and that’s exactly what generous Variety donors thought too!  Join us to help other kids like Vaughn, visit



Meet the Kids: Lily


Lily is surrounded by a loving family and amazing health professionals. She is a smiling little sweetheart that would love to interact more given the right tools.  A GoTo seat would give her the stability to sit upright and focus. A playpak would give her the opportunity to practice various positions in an effort to play and work more independently. And finally, her therapists have recommended an Upsee to allow Lily to experience walking upright….and that means playing soccer, tag, baseball and being outside with her brother and twin sister. This great equipment is available, but the cost of raising a child with special needs prevents many families from having access to these tools. Variety KC is changing that!  Help us help all kids to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Contact us at



Meet the Kids: Jaivynn


Jaivynn is a toddler with autism, speech delay and global development delay. Because he can’t communicate his wants and needs, he gets frustrated and sometimes aggressive. On a positive note, he is beginning to try to imitate people and songs from television. His therapists think it would be beneficial to start on an alternative way to communicate while he also works on talking. Jaivynn is being raised by a single mom with two small children, and the device he needs is beyond his her means. Health insurance won’t cover the cost either. But that doesn’t mean little Jaivynn goes without! Generous Variety donors have made it possible to give him a voice—and you can help other children have the same power of communication. Find out how at


Meet the Kids: Savannah


The exciting news is that schools are beginning to truly understand how important iPads and communication devices are for non-verbal children and children with Autism or special needs. The difficult part is that sometimes the equipment isn’t what a particular student needs, or the program isn’t updated. When a child like 15-year-old Savannah only has access to an iPad at school, this can cause a breakdown in communication between school and home or school and therapy. The best outcome would be a personal iPad that travels with the child and that’s what Variety wanted for Savannah. Variety partners, donors and volunteers have worked hard and given generously to make sure that children like Savannah have a voice—24/7. You can help give a child the gift of communication too! Just visit


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