These are precious reminders illustrating Variety’s impact and value on families and communities throughout the province.
Aidan, now 15, has made lifelong friends from camp. “They relate to each other, as they have shared experiences that other kids just don’t have.”
Not only has our family been blessed by Variety’s assistance in funding Izzy’s stroller, but we were also blessed by meeting all the staff on pick-up day where we were greeted with warm hugs, big smiles and sincere words of encouragement. We have also gained a family network.
Now that Cheryl and Mike have seen what Variety offers, and how Brady has benefited, they want to give back.
With three older siblings, summers were always a challenge when school was out. Variety was able to help fund a summer camp for Jonathan, which he has attended over the last few years.
Gemma loves to express herself through music! While she does not read notes, she has a unique talent to improvise on the piano.
"I found that the biggest thing with our involvement with Variety over the years, is that they allowed us as parents to focus on other elements which are part of every family's daily life. We could parent, and our kids could be kids."
When you don't have a full limb, people look at you as perhaps not being normal; which is crazy. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I teach through my own club with my Dad. Nobody worries about me keeping up these days.
Sylvia is already used to wearing her "little purple friends" to school each day to hear the teacher and her classmates.
Derek is incredibly grateful to Variety who helped him through their old Sunshine Coach Program, connect with enough sponsors to afford a wheelchair accessible van, that otherwise would have been out of reach for his family.
We are so grateful Variety assisted us in acquiring the van. It enables us to transport Kristen to various activities, appointments and events safely, and with dignity.
“When the storm is so big and prayers cannot get to heaven, the mighty messenger will get your prayer there.”
Variety’s support enabled this family to take Morgan to his new home for the first time since his accident and for all his future transportation for years to come.
Variety recently funded specialized infant formula named 'Enfamil' for a premature baby girl named Alice.
I am very thankful to Variety for funding my new hearing aids, streamer and remote microphone system. Without them, I would not have the opportunities for academic success that I now have as a result of these new hearing aids.
Variety was such a part of my life as to be too easily taken for granted: it had always been there, therefore, it always would be there.
Variety, the Children's Charity and the Renovators Council of the Manitoba Home Builders Association use all the tools in their toolbox to help rebuild a child's life.
“It frees us up a lot - it is pretty tight - this makes things a little easier because it frees up money for other things,” said Terra. Terra’s son, Liam, has Spina Bifida, a neural tube birth defect.
“Never in a million years did I think we would have to access something like Variety, and I really didn’t know if we would qualify,” said Audrey Labelle, a recent Variety Special Needs family and recipient of $1,160 that helped her daughter get therapy to overcome an ocular disorder.
Rising to the challenge, Variety helped Micheale acquire a special lift system that gave her the ability to continue caring for her son Lukas within the family home.
Cody leads a very busy life, but when asked what his likes doing the best, he can’t answer. He enjoys everything he does. And the people around Cody seem to enjoy him just as much.
The blond little boy with large blue eyes grins playfully when he signs to his mom and she doesn’t understand
Allison is a delightful 15 year-old teen who was born with Choanael Atresia, with hearing loss in both ears and eye defects.
“The Variety families listened, hugged and there was no judgment,” she says.
At 4 weeks of age, Scarlett was admitted into Variety Heart Centre at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital.
"Variety supplied me with a walker which is a necessity for everyday living and a sled for sledge hockey that has offered me the opportunity to participate in a sport I’ve learned to love."
At just over 11 months old, Maverick has gone through more medical procedures than most people do in their whole lives.
Her smile lights up any room, especially since Variety Manitoba’s Special Needs Program provided her with a new custom prosthesis wig made with human hair.
Conni celebrated her 18th birthday singing along with her favourite band, the Backstreet Boys. It was the first time Conni had been to a concert.