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: 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.

Danny’s Ride to Alaska

Danny’s Ride to Alaska

What does riding a bike mean?

It means freedom…independence… mobility. Whether you’re on your motorcycle heading to Alaska or pedaling your first adaptive bike down the sidewalk to join your friends – everyone loves a bike!

Variety KC’s partner, Danny O’Neill – the Owner/ Founder of The Roasterie, gets that! And he’s doing something about it. Danny is taking off on an Arctic Bike Ride to Alaska while raising funds to buy adaptive bikes for kids with special needs.

 An adaptive bike not only provides esteem-boosting mobility for a child with special needs, it provides an opportunity for much needed physical activity and inclusion! Adaptive bikes start at $2,500 and unfortunately are not covered by insurance.

Won’t you help Danny in his efforts to make sure every child has a bike?

Meet the Kids: Antonio

Meet the Kids: Antonio

Blind & Deaf Child Needs Variety’s Help

Little Antonio is deaf, blind, and has Phelan McDermid Syndrome. Because of his lack of strength and motor skills, Antonio is unable to sit in a regular chair. He loves taking a bath, but has outgrown a safe baby tub. He has also outgrown his highchair and now has no place to sit to participate in activities. There is a positioning chair that would allow him to sit up in a bath or at a table, but they are very expensive and not covered by insurance. Variety KC and the Caring Program for Children, administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, have made sure Antonio will soon be sitting tall! What’s more, his mother will be able to more safely assist him. We couldn’t do it without great community partners like Blue Cross and Blue Shield. If your company is interested in helping kids Be Active, Be Social and Belong, email us – varietykc@gmail.com.