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Meet the Kids: JD

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 varietykc@gmail.com.

Meet the Kids: Ethan

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 www.varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Lindy

Lindy

During our recent radiothon for adaptive bikes, Variety KC heard of so many deserving kids with special needs who could benefit from a bike. Lindy is one of those kids. She’s a social active toddler who experienced an adaptive bike at the Lee Ann Brittan Center. She was able to independently pedal on the very first try! Having an adaptive trike of her own would allow her to build gross motor skills and spend time outdoors with her family and friends. Doesn’t every child deserve a chance to ride a bike?  Contact us today to help – varietykc@gmail.com.

Meet the Kids: Bruce

Bruce

Bruce has cerebral palsy and developmental delays. Everyday tasks that we take for granted, like getting dressed or bathing, have been a terrific challenge for him. Still, he tackles every task with a smile on his face and loves being with his family and friends. An adaptive bike would make those family times even more frequent and more special, allowing Bruce to be more social, gain independence, and built strength. Bruce received his bike because of generous donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and physical opportunities. Can you help other kids like Bruce?  Visit varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Pholet

Pholet

The therapists at Ability KC wrote to Variety KC to tell us about a young woman named Pholet. For distances further than 400 feet, Pholet uses a wheelchair. She recently went through surgery and is in physical therapy for strengthening. An adaptive bike would do so much to improve her sitting balance, endurance, and core strength. That’s what Variety KC Donors wanted for Pholet too!  So, at the recent radiothon for bikes, enough money was raised to buy so many deserving kids an adaptive bike….including Pholet. Help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – www.varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Natalya

Natalya

Natalya survived a stroke at the age of two weeks and now she has weakness on the right side of her body. She’s a bright and social little girl who just wants to keep up with her peers! Natalya received her bike because of generous Variety KC donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and in Natalya’s case, for physical strengthening too. Can you help other kids like Natalya?  Visit varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Gabe

Gabe

Gabe has so many physical limitations, but is smart as a whip and very socially and mentally aware. His physical limitations restrict activities and he spends too much of his time as an observer. An adaptive bike would allow him to ride along during family walks and would greatly broaden his horizons. That’s what Variety KC Donors wanted for Gabe too!  So, at the recent radiothon for bikes, enough money was raised to buy so many deserving kids an adaptive bike….including Gabe. Help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – www.varietykc.org.

 

Meet the Kids: Zoe Ann

Zoe Ann

Some folks were surprised when they heard Zoe wants to ride a bike, after all, Zoe’s spinal bifida prevents her from using her legs. Fortunately there are hand pedaled adaptive bikes for young ladies like Zoe and that’s exactly what Variety KC’s generous donors got for her! Now Zoe doesn’t have to look out her window at all the kids in her complex playing outside – she is out there with them! This has been an amazing year for our adaptive bike drive, with so many Variety Kids now outdoors and riding with their family and friends. Doesn’t every child deserve something as simple as the joy of riding a bike?  Help us make that happen, donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Terry

Terry

Terry’s teachers say that he has an absolutely infectious personality and loves to learn. Being non-verbal stands in his way because of the frustration it causes, but with today’s technology and apps, we have a way to give Terry a “voice.”  Communication is such an important part of inclusion and generous Variety partners understand that. Through his new technology, Terry will be able to engage more with peers and gain an increased sense of independence. That’s what Variety KC donors wanted for Terry. Help us to help other kids to find a “voice” – visit varietykc.org to donate today!

Meet the Kids: George

George

George is wheelchair-bound and relies on a g-tube for his nutrition. He is unable to sit up on his own, walk or talk. Still, his biggest challenge is just having equipment and opportunities for inclusion. As his mother says, the adaptive special needs equipment is not only expensive – it isn’t covered by insurance. However, something as “typical” as floor-sitter equipment would allow George to be included in so many more family activities. It’s a gift of inclusion and of dignity – and that’s exactly what Variety partners gave George. There are so many kids, right here in our community, that need basic equipment in order to participate in typical daily events. Can you help to make that happen for other kids like George? Email us at varietykc@gmail.com

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