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General News

Kaci to Share her Endless PossAbilities

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has launched a new virtual speaker series titled “Endless PossAbilities.” Every session is free to attend, takes place on Zoom, and features an individual with a disability sharing…

Medical Equipment

More Than a Bed

Variety Kid Lincoln recently received a piece of a medical equipment that does it all – keeps him safe, gives him a place to place to play, helps his family take care of him, and…


Register Now for Summer Camp 2022

It’s happening! Registration for our in-person Summer Adventure and Teen Camp is now LIVE! Click here to register by noon on February 7, 2022, and read on for more details. Variety’s Adventure and Teen Camp program…

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Erica the Explorer

As spring draws near and the weather starts to get warmer, people are starting to get outside. Whether by foot or by bike, many are hitting the trails to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air….


Maisy Connects

A couple of years ago, Variety Kid Maisy attended a birthday party at a ranch. There, she not only got to ride a horse for the first time, but she formed a connection with one of…

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Jada’s Every Day PossAbilities

Doctors used to tell Jada’s mom, Candice, that Jada would be a “lay baby.” By that, they meant she would do little more than lay on the floor due to her diagnosis of cerebral palsy….

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Sadie Keeps Up with Friends

For five-year-old Sadie, there is nothing more frustrating than always being tagged “It” first in a game of tag on the playground. Sadie has mild cerebral palsy, which causes high tone in her legs and…

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Ryan Stands Up to Learn

For a long time, Variety Kid Ryan wasn’t able to use the smartboard in his classroom. The manual wheelchair he was using sat at a height too low to reach the board, limiting his participation…

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Joseph Grows into New Legs

Variety Kid Joseph just won’t stop growing! At almost three years old, he keeps getting taller and stronger every day. But that means he also keeps growing out of the prosthetic legs that make it…

Medical Equipment

Tobias Has a Place of His Own

Variety Kid Tobias now has a place in his house he can call his very own, thanks to Variety and our supporters! This new spot is a Leckey Pal Chair, which is giving him the…

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Freedom for JJ

For a long time, Variety Kid Jeffery (aka JJ) felt like he was missing out on a big part of childhood – riding a bike. Traditional bikes and tricycles are not accessible for JJ and…

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Thankful for New Allies

Variety is thrilled to announce new partnerships with the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County, Productive Living Board of St. Louis County, and The St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources to provide…


Back to Camp – Winter Camp 2021

After almost two years of virtual programming, Variety’s Adventure Camp program returned to in-person Camp with Winter Camp 2021! Variety Kids gathered throughout the last week of 2021 for engaging activities, time with friends, and…

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A Look Back at 2021

As we celebrate the new year, we are looking back at all that happened here at Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis in 2021. Although it was another year filled with constant pivoting, we…

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Welcome to Variety, Britt!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Britt Velasquez, our newest team member here at Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. Britt, who has a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in adaptive physical…

Performing Arts

A Concert Filled with Cheer

On Thursday, December 16, excited audience members filled the seats at the Sheldon Concert Hall, ready to experience live music and enjoy the sounds of the season. They were there for Festive Gifts of Song…

Medical Equipment

Tennyson’s Helpful Helmet

Tennyson is a big fan of the St. Louis Blues. And with his new helmet, he even looks like a super cool hockey player! This helmet is important to Tennyson’s health as he grows. He…

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Jan Albus Departing as Variety CEO

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has announced that Jan Albus, the organization’s CEO for the past 25 years, is leaving the organization. Her last day will be December 31, 2021. “Variety would not be…

Medical Equipment

Hope for Fiona

Meet Fiona. She is eight years old and loves to laugh, rider her bike, and listen to Taylor Swift.  Looking at her now, can you believe that she was given just a one percent chance…

General News

Bikes for Kids 2021

On Saturday, November 20, Variety St. Louis made a triumphant return to in-person events with Bikes for Kids 2021. The annual bike giveaway was held across multiple days in 2020, and we were thrilled to…

Medical Equipment

Christian Communicates

Variety Kid Christian may not speak verbally, but that doesn’t mean he can’t communicate in his own way. His communication device is his voice, and he takes it wherever he goes.  This device is operated…

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Oh the Places DeMarko Will Go

At 19 years old, there are many places Variety Teen DeMarko has never had the chance to visit before. He has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair to get where he needs to go, but…

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Sophia’s Safe Space

Just like many kids her age, when Variety Kid Sophia is looking to relax and wind down, she heads to her room to hang out on her bed. At night, she happily snuggles up for…

Medical Equipment

Maddison Receives a Life-Changing Van

Variety Teen Maddison and her family recently received a life-changing gift from Variety – an adaptive van. This van is making it possible for her to travel safely and comfortably, something that may seem simple,…

Medical Equipment

Back to School with Camryn

The last time Camryn, who is 11 years old, attended in-person school was in first grade. In 2017, he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that caused him to lose his vision as well as…

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Zion’s Super Cool Ride

When Variety Kid Zion cycles through his neighborhood on his daily adaptive bike ride, the air is filled with shouts of “I like your bike!” and “Cool ride!” He smiles, laughs, and rides on, proud…

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Wyatt’s Back to School Supplies

When Variety Kid Wyatt started middle school this year, he had many supplies on-hand, including pencils, books, a backpack, and more. He also started the year with a new tool – an insulin pump –…


Andrew Achieves His Impossible

For a while, many things felt nearly impossible to Variety Kid Andrew. He suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident when he was just four years old, leaving him unable to walk. But that…


Isabel Focuses on Fun at Virtual Camp

Like many students, Variety Kid Isabel struggled during virtual school this past year. It was hard for her to stay focused and engaged, which made learning difficult. Because of this, her mom, Janie, was a…

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Fun Isn’t a Stretch for Madi

Variety Teen Madi is very busy and active. She likes to do a ton of activities, many with Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. Madi attends Teen Camp every summer, participates in our Variety…

General News

Thanks Sno Much!

We’d like to say thanks “sno” much to all those who came out to Ballwin Sno-Cone on August 25 in support of Variety Kids! From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on that date, a portion…

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Chase Goes for Gold

When the Olympics and Paralympics air, you can find children around the world glued to their screens, dreaming of the day they might take the podium for their country. Variety Kid Chase is living out…

Performing Arts

Leah is Amazing

Through Variety’s inclusive Performing Arts programs, Variety Kid Leah has grown and flourished into a confident young lady. Like all kids and teens in these programs, she is very talented, and it has been a…

General News

Summer Camp 2021: The Great Virtual Adventure

For six weeks this summer, Variety Kids and Teens gathered online for an exciting and engaging Virtual Adventure and Teen Camp 2021. Through this virtual adventure, campers made crafts, played games, cooked snacks, sang songs,…

General News

Variety remembers Henry Givens

Henry Givens was an extraordinary advocate for children with special needs. For more than 20 years, he and Belma have supported Variety and attended Variety events, especially Runway Lights Fashion Show and Dinner with the…

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Welcome to Variety, Kathy!

Please help us give Kathy Payne a warm welcome to our Variety St. Louis family! Kathy is joining us as Controller in the Finance Department and will be responsible for payroll as well as supporting…

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Will Builds Strength and More on Horseback

Did you know that the cadence of a horse’s movement mimics a human walking? That’s what makes hippotherapy so effective – it gives those with mobility challenges, like Variety Teen Will, a way to build…

General News

How to Help Variety Kids in 2021

With the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing into 2021, there are many who are still facing the challenges that come with it. If you’re looking for a way to help those affected by the coronavirus this…

General News

Variety hires Chief Program Officer

St. Louis (Dec. 15, 2017) –Variety the Children’s Charity has chosen Susan Schuh, PhD MHA, as Chief Program Officer. Schuh has a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Stony Brook University, and a Masters, Health…

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