Meet the Kids: Luis


Luis was an active 11-year old when he was diagnosed with metastatic medulloblastoma and a brain stem bleed. After chemo and radiation, he started physical therapy to address functional mobility skills, balance, extremity control and endurance. His health care professionals feel that an adaptive bike would allow Luis the freedom that a 13-year old craves and the exercise he needs. A brain tumor couldn’t stop Luis and Variety donors vow to keep him going with a Freedom Concepts tricycle. If you can help Luis and Variety kids like him – please contact us


Meet the Kids: Zak and Lexi

Zak and Lexi B.

ZakandLexiThank you Variety partners!  Through your generosity, Variety was able to set in and help twins, Zak and Lexi, with their much needed van.  12-year old Zak and Lexi were born prematurely at just 25 weeks and have endured more procedures and surgeries than can be counted.  They are amazing children, the center of the world for their parents, both firefighters here in KC.  Safe transportation that allows them to safely get to medical appointments and out in to enjoy their community – a simple request that seemed impossible.  Thank you Variety donors for helping to make the impossible, possible. Please join us in helping more kids like Zak and Lexi to Be Active, Be Mobile and Belong!

Meet the Kids: Lunden


LundenLunden is a six-year old with a huge heart! All the special needs equipment that she outgrows is donated for other families in need and currently she is growing out her hair for Locks of Love! Her disability is challenging – Periventricular Leukomalacia – and this year alone she has had three major surgeries and was in a coma for eight days. Facing another surgery, it was discovered that she doesn’t have the appropriate seating option for post-surgery life. She needs a P Pod Seating System for a comfortable, safe, and mobile seating position. With this chair she can transfer easily, use its tray for school and play, and play with her friends from something other than a laying down position. These chairs are new to the U.S. market, from the U.K., and Variety donors will rally together to see that Lunden gets what she needs. Can you help? Please contact us at



Meet the Kids: Bale


According to his therapist, Bale is “a warm, playful, and deserving 4-year old boy with autism spectrum disorder.” In his application to Variety his mother tells of the intensive autism intervention that Bale has been receiving for over a year and the solid progress Bale has made. His language skills are lagging and an augmentative communication device could greatly promote his language. In short, a gift of an iPad would help give Bale a “voice.” Won’t you help too? Contact us at



Meet the Kids: Clark T


Just a toddler, Clark has already been diagnosed with Spina Bifida, hydrocephalus, chiari malformation and speech apraxia. That is a whole lot of words for a little boy who is unable to create speech. There’s a way to give Clark a “voice” – and that’s through an iPad mini. He’s already had success using one in therapy, imagine how he can develop with one of his own. Variety supporters know that communication is one way to help every child Be Active, Be Mobile and Belong. Join us to give Clark, and Variety Kids like him, the “voice” they need.