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Macaroni Kids Magazine Highlights Variety KC

Variety KC is a local charity serving families and children with physical and cognitive disabilities. They do this by providing equipment and opportunities needed for mobility, communication and inclusion. You may have seen their inclusive ball fields and play areas...

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Meet the Kids – Ethan!

Ethan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, mixed syndrome and as well as Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome. This is a condition characterized by short stature, moderate to severe intellectual disability, distinctive facial features, and broad thumbs and first toes. Additional...

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Meet Henry

  Henry is an amazing, little soul. He lights up every room he enters, his laughter is pure joy. He is never defeated, he is determined, resourceful and strong willed. He always finds a way to achieve his goal. He doesn’t only have unlimited grace for himself, he has...

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Variety KC- Inclusion

Deborah Wiebrecht has been the Chief Inclusion Officer (Executive Director) of Variety KC (Variety the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City) for nearly a decade, increasing by five-fold their ability to assist kids with disabilities. With a background in media...

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Meet the Kids – Ruby!

Variety KC supports so many amazing healthcare professionals and facilities in our area, Brittain Development is one of those providers doing tremendous work. The following is a request from a therapist at Brittain and the very last line in her request is exactly why...

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Meet the Kids – Kya!

Recently Variety received this note from Kya's mom and we wanted to share it with you. "Kya does not let her diagnosis define her. She makes choice in what foods she eats, what clothes she wants to wear and what activities she wants to participate in. Kya has...

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Meet the Kids – Levi!

Levi and his family just want a way to get some healthy exercise together!  Diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, Levi has severe developmental delays and motor challenges. This means that activities such as basketball or various sports are not a possibility for Levi....

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Meet the Kids – Samuel!

Samuel was diagnosed as Level III on the Autism Spectrum last fall. He participates in multiple therapies and works so hard. His hard work is especially noticeable in Speech Therapy where he is beginning to verbalize a bit when using an iPad and apps. Like so many...

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Meet the Kids – Olivia!

  Sweet and Sassy little Olivia has a lot to say - just can't say it! "We were blessed to meet our little Liv at two days old when she was in the NICU at Children’s Mercy, we were blessed to be able to fully adopted her 13 months later.  Liv spent seven weeks in the...

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One to Watch – Meet Reece!

  He founded a not-for-profit making costumers for kids in wheelchairs - he plays wheelchair rugby - and he speaks at conventions.  (He's still in High School!) Reese was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer at the age of two months. The tumor was in his...

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Meet the Kids – Easton!

You've just gotta love a kid whose best friends are stuffed snakes and his big sister!  Here's the family's story: "Easton has a smile that brings smiles, warmth, and love to all those around him. He finds the simplest things in life interesting and worthwhile. Easton...

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Find Out How to Get Involved

Several generous Kansas City organizations offer an employee match program. Double your gift to Variety KC, ask your employer if they match contributions! Here is a list of known companies that do.