Read stories about the kids, families and events that your support has impacted and the lives it has changed.
Everybody is different - when you look at Zach, you see the difference. He is 17-years old and 47 inches tall, about the same height as an average 2nd grader. His head and trunk are the same size as an average teen, but his arms and legs are short. People stare,...read more
If you're like me, when you support an charity, you just want them to be responsible, to be good stewards of your money and time. I've never been more proud of an area charity than I was this week, with Variety KC. First, Councilwoman Heather Hall - a Variety KC...read more
This is Eli - on Eli Day! Yes, today's the day Variety KC delivered Eli's new ipad and communication apps. I know he will be excited about it when the balloon pops! His parents, Mark and Megan are excited, and so is his grandmother Kimberly. They are thrilled for Eli...read more
Meet Jack: Jack is a two year old boy with Global Developmental Delay and Mixed receptive/expressive language delay. Jack struggles with joint attention/eye contact and has some behavioral issues due to his inability to communicate his wants and needs. An AAC device...read more
John has fallen in love with basketball, having spent the last season with Matt Bollig and Midwest Adaptive Sports. What he needs is an adaptive wheelchair for to continue his development; with basketball and other sports as well. John's confidence, fitness, and...read more
Ollie seems to have found his calling. His biggest joy is making other people laugh. He is full of life and determined to live it "his way," even if it means working harder at everything! Ollie has a neuromuscular disease called SMARD that affects his muscles,...read more
One mother's story: "My daughter Hadley is simply amazing. Her heart is kind & loving. Her mind is bright & sharp. Her soul is pure & sweet. She loves everyone she meets & I swear that she just connects with people's souls in an instant.... ask anyone. She is the...read more
Skylar’s family describes him as a blessing. “He is the youngest of six and the Star of our Crew. We did not find out until after birth about his genetic syndrome. T9M. It’s so rare (less then 200 worldwide) that most of his doctors really had no information to give...read more
Zoe is a spirited young lady who loves playing with her sister and friends. Just look at the spark in her eye! She is surrounded by support in a home consisting of her sister, stepmother, and father. As an infant, Zoe was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and as a result,...read more
Parents of children with special needs are warriors! When Olathe mom Tina Taylor learned of the new 19 million dollar beach facility at Lake Olathe Park, her first thought was, "how will I get my son in his wheelchair to the lake?" Tina follows the inclusive efforts...read more
A Variety Mom explains how growing kids are a physical risk for caregivers and parents: "Liam has always struggled with walking and as he has gotten older and bigger, his strength and coordination have been declining. He had hip surgery in June of 2017 to help him, as...read more
In 2018, B&B Theatres reached out to Deborah Wiebrecht, the Executive Director of Variety KC. They asked Deb to appear in an on-screen promotional video with the president of B&B. The on-screen video promotes B&B's generous donation from each Variety Kid Combo pack...read more
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