Variety Blog

Meet the Kids: Christian


Can you imagine being a teenage boy and not being able to communicate all your thoughts, needs and wants? Christian is completely non-verbal and unable to express himself in a positive way. His therapists recommend a NovaChat, an assisted and augmented speech device. This device is more than a form of communication, it’s liberation! And what is more important for a young man entering his teens? Gracious Variety donors made it possible for Christian to receive his NovaChat, but there are so many more kids who would benefit from one. Can you help? Visit and donate today, doesn’t every child deserve a voice?

Meet the Kids: Adysen


Adysen is just four, but she is completely captivated with learning apps. She has a number of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and Adysen is non-verbal. As bright as she is, not being able to communicate is really frustrating and shows up in her behavior at times. In addition ,Adysen is one of five children. When her family goes out, Adysen isn’t always able to participate like her siblings and she gets bored and disruptive. However, when she has a tablet with activities of her own, Adysen is able to enjoy herself and enjoy being out and about with her family. With five kids and excessive medical bills, having a tablet of her own was only a dream….but Variety KC’s donors made that dream come true! Help us to help kids like Adysen to find their “voice” through a communication device. Donate today at Thank you!

Meet the Kids: Zander


Zander had a rough start in life, including being born addicted to drugs. He has multiple health challenges, but he has a loving adoptive family there for support! Because he is non-verbal, Zander needs a tablet to communicate. Being able to connect and share through communication is a necessary component to inclusion and VarietyKC donors want every child to have that inclusive opportunity to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Help give a “voice” to other kids like Zander Visit today!

Meet the Kids: Kayeden


Kayeden is a toddler with a competitive streak!
After watching his younger sister start walking, he is anxious to get up and moving too! He has using an Amtryke bike at the Lee Ann Britain Center and he loves it! Having one at home would allow his to gain much needed strength and allow him to be mobile like his sister! Variety KC donors believe every child should have a chance to ride a bike – and now Kayeden will be riding one of his own! Help us to help kids with special needs right here at home, visit and donate today!

Meet the Kids: Izack


Izack is such a happy little guy, just look at his picture! He’s the youngest of three boys and until recently he has been content to watch his brothers ride their bikes. Recently Izack had a chance to ride an adaptive bike during his physical therapy sessions and now you can guess what Izack wants, and needs! An adaptive bike will help him to gain strength, gain independence, and offer opportunities to engage with friends in the neighborhood! This year Variety KC’s generous partners and donors have given away more adaptive bikes and trikes than ever before…and Izack will be getting one too! Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike? Help us make that happen – visit and donate today! Thank you!

Meet the Kids: Kimmy


Kimmy is a sweet and kind young lady who is cared for by her grandparents. Because of her motor and communication deficits, Kimmy relies on full time care and continual therapy. An iPad would help her to communicate with her family and her therapists, but recently her Grandma had hip surgery, so her Grandpa has taken family leave to care for Kimmy. This has has put stress on an already tight budget and there is no money to buy Kimmy the iPad she needs. Generous Variety partners didn’t want Kimmy to go any longer than possible without a way to communicate, so they have made it possible for her to have her tablet and apps! There are so many kids like Kimmy right here is Kansas City, won’t you help Variety KC to help them get the equipment they need to Be Active Be Social and Belong? Visit

Meet the Kids: Brenton


Brenton has Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delay, but that doesn’t define him! No, eight-year-old Brenton has way too much going on! For one thing, he and his sister were adopted by their foster parents this summer! His mom says it doesn’t take much to make him grin and when he does, his infectious dimples pop out! He loves playing on his iPad, racing his toy cars, and anything superhero! Here’s the challenge – Brenton is no longer able to sit on his own or bear weight. As he continues to grow, it is becoming more difficult to carry him up the stairs safely. A stairlift, not covered by insurance, would make life so much easier and safer for Brenton and his folks. Caring Variety KC donors know how important the right equipment can be – and Brenton is getting his stairlift. It will be a gift that adds quality to every single day! Help us to change more lives for kids and families right here at home, visit and donate today!


Meet the Kids: Leo


Five-year-old Leo’s Mom describes him like this: “Leo wakes up and goes to bed with a smile!” Can anyone really ask for more than that? He has a very full life, he plays with his brothers, lives to dance to Latin music or music from Frozen…even romantic tunes! Lately he has been working on jumping, but he just can’t get the coordination down to manage his tricycle. You see, Leo has Down syndrome and is challenged by some motor skills. An adaptive bike, like the one he uses at school, would allow Leo to ride around with his brothers and friends….and charm any neighbor he encounters! Variety KC believes all kids should have the chance to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong – and Leo is getting his bike! Help us to help other kiddos like Leo, visit


Meet the Kids: JD


JD was born with spinal bifida, making it difficult to keep up with his two older sisters. Variety partners wanted to give him a boost, and during the recent Variety KC radiothon for adaptive bikes, JD received an adaptive bike of his own. All he cares about is keeping up with his sisters, but at the same time, he is getting valuable physical activity. A big thank-you to all the donors who helped make this possible. Are you interesting in helping kids like JD?   Contact us today at

Meet the Kids: Ethan


Ethan’s multiple physical limitations make it dangerous to ride a traditional bicycle, but his therapist knows just how much he would benefit from the physical activity associated with riding an adaptive bike. She wrote Variety KC to tell us about Ethan and Variety donors took it from there!  Now Ethan has a bike of his own and is building head and neck strength, increasing circulation, working on balance and core strength. Thank you Variety donors!  You’ve changed the lives of so many kids during the recent Adaptive Bike Radiothon with 102.1.  It’s not too late, you can help too – visit

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