SOAR the Summer

SOAR the Summer

Variety KC is excited to partner with organizations that support our mission and serve kids with special needs. One of those great organizations is Grace Church and their SOAR Special Needs Day Camp. It’s an inclusive summer camp that serves all diagnoses that’s why Variety KC proudly supported SOAR again this year!

 

Meet the Kids – Josiah

Meet the Kids – Josiah

What nine-year old young man wants to be carried around? And honestly, how safe is it for parents and caregivers to carry an older child? Josiah is a active guy who is challenged with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,  a degenerative muscle disorder. He is struggling with longer walking distances and is in danger of falling. A scooter would help give him some independence and a way to keep up with his brother (who also has DMD.This scooter would give him mobility, a way to get where he needs to go without struggling or falling, and yes – it means nobody would have to carry him (which can be so embarrassing for a nine-year old)  Josiah’s parents say It would mean so much to receive the gift of a scooter. Like many families with special needs children, they have a high deductible health plan with many out-of pocket costs, so financially trying to purchase a scooter would be very difficult right now. Variety KC has the most caring partners and donors possible! They understand how important it is for Josiah to be mobile and be included. Josiah will get his scooter, but there are so many other kids who are left sitting at home for the lack of a piece of equipment. Help us to get them all moving! Donate today at https://varietykc.org/donate/

Thank you!

Meet the Kids: Hudson

Meet the Kids: Hudson

The FIRST 3D prosthetic Arm in KC!

Four-year-old Hudson needed a prosthetic arm. However, prosthetics are usually very expensive and children’s prosthetics are rarely covered by insurance. The solution can be a 3D printing solution is both innovative AND affordable. For the first time in Kansas City, Variety KC underwrote this ground-breaking effort as volunteers at the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) Studio at Gould Evans Architecture Firm created a 3D prosthetic arm Hudson. Hudson even got to pick the colors! Help change the lives of other kiddos like Hudson. If you want help another child get a prosthetic print, please donate so we continue our mission of helping Kansas City Children be Active, Be Social and Belong.

Danny’s Ride to Alaska

Danny’s Ride to Alaska

What does riding a bike mean?

It means freedom…independence… mobility. Whether you’re on your motorcycle heading to Alaska or pedaling your first adaptive bike down the sidewalk to join your friends – everyone loves a bike!

Variety KC’s partner, Danny O’Neill – the Owner/ Founder of The Roasterie, gets that! And he’s doing something about it. Danny is taking off on an Arctic Bike Ride to Alaska while raising funds to buy adaptive bikes for kids with special needs.

 An adaptive bike not only provides esteem-boosting mobility for a child with special needs, it provides an opportunity for much needed physical activity and inclusion! Adaptive bikes start at $2,500 and unfortunately are not covered by insurance.

Won’t you help Danny in his efforts to make sure every child has a bike?

Meet the Kids: Kayeden

Meet the Kids: Kayeden

Toddler takes on the world with the help of an Amtryke

Kayeden is a toddler with a competitive streak!
After watching his younger sister start walking, he is anxious to get up and moving too! He has been using an Amtryke bike at the Lee Ann Britain Center and he loves it! Having one at home would allow his to gain much needed strength and allow him to be mobile like his sister! Variety KC donors believe every child should have a chance to ride a bike – and now Kayeden will be riding one of his own! Help us to help kids with special needs right here at home, visit varietykc.org/donate and donate today!

Meet the Kids: Izack

Meet the Kids: Izack

Adaptive Bike – Vehicle to Inclusion and Mobility

Izack is such a happy little guy, just look at his picture! He’s the youngest of three boys and until recently he has been content to watch his brothers ride their bikes. Recently Izack had a chance to ride an adaptive bike during his physical therapy sessions and now you can guess what Izack wants, and needs! An adaptive bike will help him to gain strength, gain independence, and offer opportunities to engage with friends in the neighborhood! This year Variety KC’s generous partners and donors have given away more adaptive bikes and trikes than ever before…and Izack will be getting one too! Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike? Help us make that happen – visit www.varietykc.org and donate today! Thank you!