Meet the Kids – Pholet

Meet the Kids – Pholet

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.

Variety partners, donors and sponsors know that the gift of mobility is also a gift of health. To join this generous team of caring Variety supporters, visit www.varietykc.org

 

Meet the Kids – Jackson

Meet the Kids – Jackson

When Variety KC received this request, we knew we had to help!

“I write this as an existing member of the Variety KC “family’ so I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt what inclusion means for us and our son, Jackson as well as how Variety has impacted our life. Jackson was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder as his primary diagnosis. It didn’t take us long to realize when he reached school age that he was incredibly behind his peers. As he aged, the gap grew worse. Slowly but surely he was excluded from birthday parties, sporting events, playground games and being invited over to friends’ houses to play. Jackson is mainly affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), SPD affects his vestibular system (sense of balance and proprioception (where your body is in space)…and it causes low muscle tone. All of this combined makes the act of balancing on an upright, two-wheeled bike next to impossible for him. Jackson loves playing outside with his friends in the neighborhood or just going for a bike ride with us as a family or on his own. This ability has been lost for him the past year as he has outgrown his trike now that he is almost 6 feet tall! We’re back to watching him being left out of activities with friends because he’s not mobile without his bike. Walking is tiring for Jackson so often times he prefers to ride his bike while others walk. Bike riding also strengthens his core strength and improves his gross motor skills so it’s therapy in motion!”

When something as simple as a bike can mean the difference between being included and being excluded – Variety KC donors always step in. Help us to make sure every kid has a chance to Be Active, Be Social, and BELONG! Donate today: https://varietykc.org/donate/

 

Meet the Kids: Zachary

Meet the Kids: Zachary

Recovering from a Stroke at the Age of Six

Zachary is an an active child with a deep sense of caring and faith. At the age of six, he is recreating himself following an AVM rupture that caused a hemorrhagic stroke. As his mother explains, everything changed with the blink of an eye. We don’t always recognize the signs of a stroke in a child, and we never expect it. It’s been a long challenging road, but today Zachary is enjoying the activities he did before, but approaches them more carefully and can’t participate in the same way. This is particularly true of his bike. Finding a way for kids to be included in the activities they love is such an important part of healing. For Zachary, that means an adaptive bike to increase his mobility, Independence and strength. His mom says that most importantly it provides a sense of normalcy for Zachary and his family. All that, from something as basic as a bike! Help all kids like Zachary to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Donate today

Meet the Kids: Olivia

Meet the Kids: Olivia

The first of its kind of a one of a kind girl!

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!

 

Meet the Kids: Caroline

Meet the Kids: Caroline

Trying to keep up with big sis

Caroline is a two-year-old with a great desire to get out and interact with her sister, her environment, and other kids at daycare. Her diagnosis of PURA syndrome means she has low muscle tone and limitations on her strength. Caroline can walk short distances, but her desire to keep going is greater than her ability. An Amtrak’s Hand-Foot Tricycle, not covered by insurance, could help in so many ways. It would help strengthen her gross motor skills and coordination. It would give Caroline some of the independence she craves, and it would allow her to keep up with her sister and friends. Variety KC believes every kid should have the childhood joy of riding a bike, so Caroline is getting hers thanks to generous community supporters like you! Donate today

Meet the Kids: Ellie

Meet the Kids: Ellie

Down Syndrome isn’t holding her back!

Three-year-old Ellie is active, curious and full of life! Diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero, Ellie’s parents were determined to find resources, develop a supportive network, and work hard to make sure Ellie had opportunities for inclusion. At the same time, they know how interacting with Ellie also benefits her “typical” friends. In order to be more independent and to keep up with her busy friends and sister, Ellie could benefit from a Hand Foot Tryke. She has had a chance to use one during therapy and loves it. Unfortunately, it isn’t a device covered by insurance – so her family has reached out to Variety KC. Variety partners believe every child has a childhood right to ride a bike! And, Ellie is getting hers! You can help other kiddos like Ellie, donate or find out more HERE.