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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Our daughter was a micropremie at 26 wks. She is a true miracle and has overcome numerous hurdles. She is 13 yrs old now. We recently found out about Variety Club and have attended a few events. The events are so well planned and have given our family the opportunity to attend things we would have only dreamt about. The most recent event to Discovery World was phenomenal. Our daughter has had a permanent smile on her face since Sunday morning when we left for Discovery World Event:) The other wonderful opportunity was seeing a movie at Majestic Marcus Theatres in the Cinedine at Christmas time. Santa got an extra kiss that day.

Thank you to everyone who funds, volunteers and works to give our kids a happy moment which is building a lifetime of fantastic memories.

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Yogi at Marcus Majestic at Christmas Day at Discovery World

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nothing but be able to say thanks...thanks...and more thanks

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Variety helped my son receive an adaptive bicycle. With their help we are able to help our son do something "typical" kids do so he can be part of the group. We are very excited to pick up his new red bike!

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March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

We feel so blessed that Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin helped providing activities for the children.

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We feel so blessed with Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin.

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March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

It's a great program. It's awesome how they help the children.

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They do an excelent job.

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November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

For many years, Variety- The Children's Charity of Wisconsin has provided significant funding for cutting-edge technology and equipment for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Variety Orthopedic Center. With this funding, together, we have been able to provide children with physical disabilities with state of the art care. This past year, Variety made it possible for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to become the first Children's Hospital in the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains, to obtain an EOS low dose full body radiation scanning device. This state of the art x-ray type machine provides a 3D clearer image than traditional x-rays and, importantly, with a dramatically lower radiation exposure than traditional x-ray technology (one tenth the normal dose). The variety club has been instrumental in purchasing a variety of diagnostic devices which have helped many children with orthopedic problems; a motion analysis system, which helps decide the best surgical or therapeutic procedure for children with cerebral palsy; Quantec, a device to monitor scoliosis progression which eliminated the need for thousands of spine films, EMED and PEDAR, plantar pressure devices to dynamically analyze children with complex foot deformities. In addition to their funding of equipment in the Clinic, Variety has also helped many Orthopedic Clinic patients by purchasing durable medical equipment that their families could not afford and insurance would not pay for. We at the Variety Orthopedic Clinic are grateful for Variety's longtime continued support for the children that we serve. John Thometz, MD Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Professor Orthopedic Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin

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the donation of state of the art medical equipment to the Variety Orthopedic Clinic.

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October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I have had the opportunity to work closely with Variety as a fundraising partner for over ten years and have personally witnessed their work in action. The passion and dedication of everyone involved in this organization is nothing short of inspirational. Gerise and her team are enthusiastic, thoughtful, caring and selfless about their cause. The children and families who benefit from their work are the true evidence of the success of Variety's mission. I haven't been part of a Variety event where every child in the room hasn't had a smile from ear to ear, which certainly speaks volumes. Whether it's taking kids to the movies, providing bikes to children with special needs or securing funding to remodel a home for wheelchair accessibility, it's clear that this organization has it's heart in exactly the right place. I am proud to partner with Variety and look forward to helping them positively impact the lives of more families.

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seeing the positive impact that Variety has on children with special needs and their families.

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October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

Variety has assisted several of my patients. Without their assistance, these children would not have the equipment required to make them as independent as possible. In a world where healthcare is offering less and less assistance, it is a wonderful thing to have such a great charity available!

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A patient received their financial assistance

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Make it more well known and have greater participation from the community to assist it!

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

Our company has had the opportunity to work with Variety in two capacities— as a provider of medical equipment and as a member of their advisory committee. Both have been positive experiences. Variety works with a diverse group of vendors to find the best equipment for kids at the best price—always contentious of costs, but never sacrificing quality or cutting corners. Their efforts to find the right equipment to meet a child’s special needs and their commitment to help the kids and their families--not only with equipment, but with special projects and group outings that enrich their lives --is nothing short of remarkable. It has been very rewarding for us to work with Variety and to see first-hand when the equipment is delivered, how thrilled the kids are—and their families as well. Variety programs are reviewed and validated by professionals working with kids with disabilities to ensure the integrity of the programs. The advisory committee reviews applications, confirms the validity of the need/request, verifies that the equipment requested is appropriate and meets the child’s needs, and ensures that Variety is spending their programming dollars as wisely as possible. Everyone working with Variety has been enthusiastic and passionate about their cause. It’s amazing how much they have already accomplished for kids with special needs. Plus, they are always looking for new ways to help the kids and to reach out to families in need. It is both a pleasure to work with the Variety staff and committee members, and a rewarding experience to work with the recipients.

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seeing the positive impact that Variety has had on these children and their families. we have experienced the smiles of the children and the extereme gratitiude of the parents.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Ethical, responsive, enthusiastic

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

Over the summer my daughter Hannah was able to receive a three wheel bike from Variety and a very kind donor. I am a single mother whom was never able to afford any type of bike for her, and she fought for several years learning just how to ride one borrowed usually from the school she attended. But last year, Hannah's world fell apart with behavior problems, weight gain, and overall dissappointment from many reasons. Her sister is 16 months younger and would always take Hannah out with us on family time on her borrowed bikes. This was the only way for Hannah to really enjoy time with her sister as Hannah cannot speak. An unspoken language occurs when they are riding together it makes me heart beat really fast just to be around them. Alas, I heard of a non-profit business that was picking a few children for a bike. I raced around praying that my doctors and therapists would see the need for Hannah to have this precious gift. No matter how hard I worked I could not seem to be able to give Hannah this gift myself because of the need for special adaptive features. I received that call, and Variety changed our life. In only a few short weeks of receiving the bike Hannah was able to control her weight better, be more energetic, and she smiles again. Her school is shocked by the difference, and so am I. Thank you to Variety and the family whom made our dreams come true.

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bike day

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not, thank you so much Variety!

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I am a long time supporter of Variety Childrens Charity and a past president. I have been to the homes of the children we have helped and met with their families. The gratitude they express for making the lives of their children a little better is worth all the effort we put in, in raising funds to be able to help them. When the mom's give you a big hug, it's hard not to shed a tear or two. I will always do whatever I can to help these families. When there is no one else to turn to, Variety will find a way to help improve the life of a family and a child in need. Patrick Downs, Board Member

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I have received personal satisfaction from serving on the board and knowing we helped make a better life for children with disabilities

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Make more people aware of the good work we do in helping children who have physical challenges.

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