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 both of his hips were 30-40% out of the sockets. He unfortunately contracted staph infection immediately following the surgery and spent a full year recovering from this. He needed 5 additional surgeries to clean out the wounds and spend a full year on antibiotics to keep the staph infection at bay until the bones were healed and the metal plates could be removed in May of 2018. Since then, he has been having PT and pool therapy every week and he is not back to his baseline prior to surgery yet. He is growing bigger and heavier. We currently have a Honda van that we lift him into and out of. I have been in treatment for chronic neck pain for about a year, as all of the lifting is taking a toll on our health. Our physical therapist is concerned that the transfers into and out of the van are not safe for Liam and the caregivers. She has recommended that we get this motorized seat for Liam. We first went to United Access to add this to our current van and the cost was $10,000. Our van is not very new, so we didn’t feel this would be a good investment. Someone told us about Toyota vans that have an option to be equipped with this seat and we think this is the best value for us.”
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When is a bike, not a bike? When it goes beyond the joy of riding and helps a young lady named Pholet, gain strength, increase range of motion, help with coordination, and improve her gait pattern and balance. But to Pholet, it’s the adaptive bike that will allow her to be outside playing with the neighborhood kids she sees through the window.
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Olivia is a six-year-old kindergartener who has been using a motorized wheelchair since she was a toddler. The problem with her power chair is that it isn’t able to navigate stairs or even the simplest step into someone’s house. That means that if Olivia wants to go into a friends house to play or for a birthday party, she has to rely on her parents lifting her in a manual wheelchair. Once inside, she can’t navigate as well. There is a device that converts a manual wheelchair into a temporary power chair. Lightweight and portable, it would allow Olivia greater Social inclusion and help her transport her more easily. This product is made in Canada and Olivia’s will be the first in the United States! Another first from Variety KC – and just the start of so many new adventures for Olivia! Help us to help other kiddos like Olivia, donate today at www.varietykc.org!
At the young age of eight, Lucy has already had over a thousand hours of therapy!
She was diagnosed at nine months with Cerebral Palsy w/ Left Hemiplegia caused by a stroke in utero. She has since been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety. The CP makes EVERY physical activity a challenge. She has to work twice as hard as others just to walk, run, bike, swim, or any activity. An adaptive walkaide would not only make walking safer for Lucy, it would help her have confidence by helping her feet line up correctly as she walks. Lucy currently “toes-in” causing her to trip easily.
Confidence and building self-esteem for a young girl like Lucy is huge! (Especially for a child with anxiety.) Variety KC partners know how important the right equipment is for children with special needs. Because of their tremendous hearts, Lucy got her walkaide! It’s not to late to donate and help other kids like Lucy to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong…. give from your heart at varietykc.org. Thank you!
Jeremiah is a 10-year old boy with spina bifida, but that doesn’t slow him down! He is very active in adaptive sports and loves competition. A sports wheelchair would allow him to complete at a higher level. Currently he participates in wheelchair basketball with the Kansas City Kings. Shared chairs are often available, but frequently are difficult to adjust based on individual needs. A personal sports wheelchair would allow consistency and the autonomy to practice outside of scheduled practices and games….and best of all, it would allow Jeremiah to continue participating in a sport he loves! Let’s get all kids off the bench and into the game…donate today at https://varietykc.org/donate/
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Development Delay, Delayed Expressive and Receptive Language – such a big diagnosis for such a young little boy!
Braxton has autism, developmental delays, and sensory seeking behaviors. He also is very bright and reacts well to the structure of technology. In Braxton’s family of four, he has a brother who is medically fragile. Braxton and his family would certainly benefit through any efforts to make communication with Braxton more efficient and less frustrating. An communication tablet would greatly improve Braxton’s ability to voice his needs and wants – and isn’t that what every child deserves? Help Variety KC to make sure every child has a voice. Give today at https://varietykc.org/donate/