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Read stories about the kids, families and events that your support has impacted and the lives it has changed.

Meet the Kids – Isabella!

What is it like to raise a child with the following disabilities? Severe autism, pervasive developmental disorder, unspecified (F84.9), Sensory processing disorder, Impulse control disorder, ADHD, Charge syndrome, Sleep disorder; At risk for elopement; Chronic...

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Meet the Kids – Aleah!

"Aleah suffered a brain injury at the age of 4 months due to aspiration phenomena. As a result, she suffered a brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy. She also had seizures, but has been seizure free for 7 years. While she is making great strides and is really a...

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Meet the Kids – Ruby!

  Disability:Cerebral Palsy, Multiple cognitive and learning disabilities, ADHD, Anxiety - a long list of conditions and NONE of them define Ruby!  "Ruby was born in Ethiopia and we were fortunate to adopt her when she was 19 months. She did not walk at that time, but...

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Meet the Kids -Maxwell!

  Meet MAX! Recently Variety KC received this request from Max's mom.  "Max is active in the community. We have been faithfully involved with the Down Syndrome Guild for eight years, and make full use of services that benefit our son. Max attended the weekly STARS...

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Meet the Kids- Wesley!

  Wesley is like other teens, he wants to get outside and just hang out with his friends. There are a number of challenges he bravely faces each day; autistic disorder, ADHD, intellectual disability and anxiety -  being outside and playing with neighbors has always...

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Meet Mia

Meet Mia- She has been diagnosed with Hemimegalencephaly  a rare neurological condition in which one-half of the brain, or one side of the brain, is abnormally larger than the other. The structure of the brain on the affected side may be markedly abnormal or show only...

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Meet Jose

  Meet Jose!  He is 18 year old and has a right below knee amputee. He was born with fibular hemimelia, which means he was missing a bone in his right leg and half of his foot. When 3 years old, he had a right below knee amputation at the Shriners in Spokane,...

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Meet SWEET Kylie

Disability: Down Syndrome    Meet Kylie. She is 3 years old and has Down Syndrome. She is currently attending school at the Liberty Early Childhood Center. At this time her speech is very limited. She gets easily frustrated because she is unable to communicate to...

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Bring Back the Music – Let ALL Kids Play!

Meet Remo - the talented inventor of the giant piano in the movie BIG. He’s also the designer of the sidewalk piano at park by Children’s Mercy Hospital. Unfortunately, just as Variety KC and KC Parks and Rec are about to open the new inclusive park by Children’s...

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Meet the Kids – Abby!

Abby is an active and caring young lady with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She uses AFO's, or what most people call "leg braces," to straighten her feet and help her walk better and fall less. She recently grew out of her leg braces and not eligible for insurance....

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