Variety Blog

Meet the Kids: Carly


Carly squeezes the most out of life. On the severe side of the autism spectrum, she needs help with daily care and is mostly non-verbal – she is also unstoppable! Carly likes swimming, inline skating, taking walks and investigating her world. Last year her father passed away unexpectedly, making some expenses beyond reach. Variety learned that active Carly was enjoying the large adaptive bike at school and knew that having one at home would give her not only enjoyment, but important physical activity. So here you go Carly! You are off to the races with a bike of your own, thanks to generous Variety partners. Join us in making sure every kid has a chance to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong!

Meet the Kids: Mason


Mason has a complex condition that leaves him relying on assistance for daily living. He has a power wheelchair that enables him to get around and get to school via the bus with a lift.  His family van doesn’t have such a lift, limiting Mason’s opportunities to get out in the community; to watch his sister play soccer, go to the grocery store, or visit family.  Even in today’s increasingly inclusive world, if you can’t get out of the house – how can you experience it? Variety provided a lift for Mason and his family, so Mason can now get out and Be Active, Be Social, and Belong.  Help us to help all kids do the same, donate at

Meet the Kids: Elijah


This is a situation that we hear all too often. 17-year-old Elijah has outgrown his wheelchair, which after four years was breaking down and the family was told it can’t be repaired and restored to hold him. Insurance won’t cover a new one for another year, leaving Elijah immobile and homebound. A rental is filling in, but that cost mounts as well. This isn’t a “want,” for Elijah, whose rare condition of sacral agenesis means his spine quit growing and is absent after L2, this is a dire need!  Still, if you ask Elijah what he would change about his condition, he says “nothing!” He likes overcoming obstacles.  A new wheelchair is one less obstacle Elijah has to deal with, generous Variety supporters saw to that!  Help Variety cover the basic needs for children with special needs, visit

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



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