Read stories about the kids, families and events that your support has impacted and the lives it has changed.
Archer is one of the goofiest and smartest kids you will ever meet. His favorite thing in the world is books! Archer usually does not leave the house without at least 20+ pounds of books in tow. He is constantly studying anything he can get his hands on! Archer has...read more
The following letter from Kennedy's dad highlights one of the biggest challenges facing caregivers - safety when transferring. As children grow, the inability to safely move them can limit the number of family members and friends who would otherwise be willing to...read more
Joseph is diagnosed with Spina Bifida. His approach to health is to workout at Crossfit and stay as fit as possible. Working out gives him a sense of pride, a sense of community, and he builds endurance which drives him to be stronger. To assist his workouts and...read more
Jeremiah has Cortical Visual Impairment and has been delayed in every milestone, but he is one amazing little guy. According to his Vision Specialist "he is a go-getter and a problem-solver.” He doesn't wait for his environment to come to him to explore, he goes to...read more
These siblings were born with congenital hearing loss and currently use hearing aids. They are both accomplished students and active in scouting. Annelise is in swimming lessons and plays basketball, her brother Jude is learning to swim and loves to build things. His...read more
Kaden for President! That's right, he aims high. And why not, he has already accomplished so much in his short life. Kaden's diagnosis is Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. This presents some communication barriers, but you would be amazed by how well he makes himself...read more
This is the story of a fighter, written by his parents - his champions: Jack was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation with a critical heart defect. We were told he may not survive the pregnancy and if he did the likelihood of survival after delivery was unlikely. We...read more
Rose is a young woman with a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos, a genetic connective tissue condition. The recent inability to walk or even sit up unassisted is such a dramatic decline from Rose's previous level and this is forcing her family to make some necessary changes,...read more
We recently received this note from some Variety KC parents, "Brigham is 4-years-old and all boy. He has strengths and struggles just like most children. He could ride a bike and learned to swim at age two. He has impressive problem-solving skills and likes to get...read more
Y Years ago, I saw Patrick Mahomes at an event and he was talking with a young child with special needs. He knelt down to the child’s level and was engaging with respect, kindness, and interest – he treated Variety Kids like any other. It was a glimpse of his...read more
Meet Brinley: A little about Brinley… Brinley by nature is an athlete and a lover of all sports. She was the starting defender on the #1 ranked Independent Priemer Kansas soccer club, Mission United. She was also the starting catcher for Team Kansas. On May 17, 2021...read more
Ripley was born with arthrogryposis. This condition occurs in utero and causes the joints to not form completely. In Ripley’s case, her knees, hips, and ankles are malformed and lack any muscle strength. Her shoulders also are effected and her fingers are fused....read more
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