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Meet the Kids – Austin

Diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Austin has significant developmental and intellectual delays and requires regular supervision. Austin is unable to ride a traditional bicycle on his own due to balance issues and a general inability to discern danger and...

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Meet the Kids – Anie

Anie was diagnosed with a rare and unnamed genetic deletion and duplication disorder. (Slow motility) Anje is a happy little girl who loves her life. She is everyone’s darling at home with family, at school, and out in the community.  Anje does not know that she is...

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Meet the Kids – Alicia

Look at that smile! It's absolutely contagious. Meet Alicia, the girl behind the smile. Alicia was diagnosed with Periventricular Leukomalacia, Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia, and Cortical Visual Impairment Her family claims that Alicia is their hero....

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Molly’s Sensory Room at KCI

Molly’s Sensory Room Molly used her warm smile and sparkling eyes to make others feel wanted and welcomed. This sensory room honors Molly’s friendly legacy by greeting travelers and making them feel at ease and comfortable. Welcome - everyone belongs here in Molly’s...

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Thank you Caring Program

How Kansas City combines its giving to help Variety KC Kids! The Caring Program through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City offers their employees a chance to combine their giving strength. When everyone gives a little – it helps a whole lot! Recently they...

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Most Inclusive Airport Terminal in the World

“Pinch me - it’s really happening!”   the new Variety KC  Family Play Zonein the new airport terminal is just 5-6 months from completion. I remember approaching the planners and builders at the very start of this process. At that time there were only a couple...

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Meet the Kids – Killian

Killian is Autistic secondary to the unknown. He is globally delayed and non-verbal, and intellectually delayed, but they are not sure yet to what extent. Killian is non-verbal, but he likes it when you talk to him. His responses are physical. And while he doesn't...

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Meet the Kids – Virginia!

Virginia has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida (lipomyelomeningocele), Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder, Club foot, dislocation of Left hip, diminished feeling in the left leg below the knee, diminished feeling in the right leg below the ankle, drop foot on right foot,...

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Meet the Kids – Gaige!

Gaige has been diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, polymicrogyria with right sided hemiplegia, cystic right kidney, VPI, CHD, learning, speech and developmental delays. That's a lot for such a young guy. But then, Gaige has been through more in his short life...

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Meet the Kids – Dean!

 At 2 years and 4 months, Dean was diagnosed with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the beginning, Dean refused to make attempts to interact with others and rarely made eye contact even with his parents. He was mostly unresponsive to others being playful and his...

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Meet the Kids – David!

David was diagnosed with autism and focal epilepsy. He turned two without being able to use any words and having no understanding of words that were spoken to him. However, in the last year he has made great strides in the understanding of language. His expressive...

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Meet the Kids –

What an amazing little boy! Check out this letter from Krue’s family:“Krue was diagnosed with autism earlier this year and has since overcome so many obstacles at the young age of 3. He has major sensory aversions which limit his communication and eating. His sensory...

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