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$10 Donation to Help Fund Kids' Adaptive Bicycles

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Donations help to provide custom adaptive bicycles for youth with physical disabilities, offering them opportunities to play and exercise

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100% of donations go directly to Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Issue: High Rate of Obesity Among Kids with Disabilities

Children with disabilities are at an especially high risk for becoming obese because many of them face reduced access to physical activities, take medications that can affect weight gain, or cope with a lack of energy related to their disabilities, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A German scientific study found that the prevalence of obesity among children with disabilities is almost twice that of their peers without disabilities. Adaptive equipment, such as specialized bicycles, can give kids with disabilities opportunities for outdoor play, but it is very expensive and rarely covered by insurance.

The Campaign: Providing Adaptive Bicycles to Youth

If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin can provide adaptive bicycles to two children with physical disabilities. Each additional $300 raised will fund an adaptive bicycle for another child. Variety purchases the bicycles and durable medical equipment for young people with physical disabilities aged 21 or younger through its Freedom Program. Clients undergo an assessment by former international cycling champion Brent Emery to determine the best customization for their bikes. They can take their new bikes home roughly eight weeks later.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

In 1928, John H. Harris, the manager of the Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, found a month-old baby girl abandoned in one of the theater chairs with a note asking someone to take care of her. He took her in, dedicated his social club—the Variety Club—to underwriting her support and education, and named her Catherine Variety Sheridan. Harris’s efforts drew support from other entertainers internationally, who joined together to provide aid to disadvantaged youth and children with physical disabilities. Today, Variety – The Children’s Charity has chapters in 14 countries and 10,000 members and works to enrich the lives of children around the world.

The Wisconsin chapter was started in 1935 by businessmen with ties to show business, and it assists children with physical disabilities through three programs. The Freedom Program funds durable medical equipment to grant youth greater mobility, and the Caring for Kids program donates medical equipment and therapeutic devices to local clinics and hospitals. The Future Kids program provides educational experiences for young people, including trips to museums, sporting events, and shows.


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Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

In 1928, John H. Harris, the manager of the Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, found a month-old baby girl abandoned in one of the theater chairs with a note asking someone to take care of her. He took her in, dedicated his social club—the Variety Club—to underwriting her support and education, and named her Catherine Variety Sheridan. Harris’s efforts drew support from other entertainers internationally, who joined together to provide aid to disadvantaged youth and children with disabilities. Today, Variety – The Children’s Charity has chapters in 14 countries and 10,000 members and works to enrich the lives of children around the world.

The Wisconsin chapter was started in 1935 by businessmen with ties to show business, and it assists children with disabilities through three programs. The Freedom Program funds durable medical equipment to grant youth greater mobility, and the Caring for Kids program donates medical equipment and therapeutic devices to local clinics and hospitals. The Future Kids program provides educational experiences for young people, including trips to museums, sporting events, and shows.


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