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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: 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: Rebecca

Rebecca

Neighbors helping neighbors. Little Rebecca is a 3-year old from a nearby Amish community. She faces a number of physical conditions and challenges, but a neighbor had heard about Variety KC and reached out for Rebecca and her family. Being an inclusive organization, Variety KC embraces all cultures and fulfilled the request for a wheelchair for Rebecca, providing one in black as requested. If you know someone who needs help with mobility or inclusion equipment, visit varietykc.org. Help us to make sure all kids can Be Active, Be Social and Belong!

Meet the Kids: Megan

Megan

Little Megan is a go-getter, the problem is – Megan has a visual impairment that doesn’t allow her to see beyond three feet. This can result in a number of safety issues and potential for harm. Variety KC was able to fix Megan up a crocodile walker with pelvic pad and straps. This will keep her protected and stabilized as she goes out to conquer the world. When kiddos have challenges we help them find solutions! Contact Variety KC to help today. Email varietykc@gmail.com or visit www.varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Dominique

Dominique

Just look at this photo of Dominique on his first day of school!  He is a young guy full of promise and yet struggles with some of the challenges of being on the autism spectrum. His teachers noticed a behavioral change and sense of excitement when Dominique was exposed to technology. He is successfully using an iPad at school and really opening up and moving forward in his learning. Having an iPad at home would help Dominique to engage and communicate more at home with his family, it would also provide a way for him to engage with friends. There are so many ways we can facilitate inclusion and communication is such an important one. Help Variety KC to help other kids like Dominique – donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Landon

Landon

Landon has Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, he also has a tremendous amount of spirit and energy! He primarily uses a wheelchair and sometimes a walker for mobility, but an adaptive bike would give him so much more than that – it would give him independence and opportunities for inclusion. This year Variety KC held a bike drive radiothon with 102.1 and funded bikes for so many excited Variety Kids. Then Danny O’Neill from The Roasterie took a fundraising ride to Alaska and funded even more! Let’s make sure every child gets a chance to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong – on a bike! Donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Jocelyn

Josie

Physical coordination and strength contribute greatly to a child’s well-being. That’s why Josie, who is challenged by both cerebral palsy and CVI, would benefit greatly from an adaptive bicycle. You see, for Variety KC Kids, riding a bike isn’t just a fun activity – it’s an important aspect of their well-being. Josie received her bike because of generous donors who understand how important a bike is for inclusion and physical opportunities. Can you help?  Visit varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Dylan

Dylan

At the age of four, Dylan is such a fun and happy little fellow, but he is having such a difficult time communicating his wants and needs. Can you imagine how frustrating that must be? Recently his speech therapists introduced Dylan to a tablet and communication apps and a whole new world opened up to him. Having a tablet at home would be ideal, but insurance doesn’t cover it and the expense is just too much at this time. Caring Variety donors wanted Dylan to have a “voice” not just at school, but at home too – and Dylan is getting his tablet. Join us in helping other kids like Dylan, donate today at varietykc.org

Meet the Kids: Kaytlynn

Kaytlynn

Kaytlynn is an active little girl that covers a lot of ground; that’s quite an accomplishment given her very restricted visual fields.

Traditional bicycles are too dangerous for her and the risk of falling is too great. However, a recumbent bike would allow her to safely ride bikes with her friends, but keep her safe by keeping her low to the ground. During the recent radiothon for adaptive bicycles, generous Variety donors were able to provide a recumbent bike for Kaytlynn and she

is back outside with her friends – exactly where she wants to be. Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike?  Donate today at varietykc.org.

Meet the Kids: Demetrious

Demetrious

You might think little Demetrious has had the cards stacked against him. Almost a toddler, Demetrious is a ward of the state. Diagnosed with multiple special needs, he received no medical treatment prior to custody. But, Demetrious is actually a lucky little fellow! He has a caring foster home and is receiving wonderful therapy and care and is making great progress. So when a request came in for an iPad for Demetrious, Variety didn’t hesitate and thanks to wonderful partners supporting Variety – his iPad is now a reality. Enhancing lives, there is nothing more satisfying. Join us! Visit www.varietykc.org today!

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