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October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My son is Joseph Goetter. He turned 6 on 7/29/10. My son was adopted from Russia at 8.5 months, and has been diagnosed with bone dysplasia and autism. He cannot go out and play sports like most kids; due to his attention and other constraints. He is the happiest child you could ever meet, but not when it came to riding bikes. We tried at least 10 difffernt bicycles, and he was just never able to reach the pedals and handle bars. This was very frustrating to him, and he would become angry whenever we tried a new bike. It was always the same old story. Yes, it could work if mom or dad or big brother pushed him, but he did not have the ability to reach and control the pedals and handlebars for appropriate performance. Then came Variety Club and their Bike Day!!! I can honestly say that his best Birthday present was the bike he received from Variety Club. We have neighbors come up to us everyday in amazement. They never expected to see Joey have so much control, and be able to ride around the block with us chasing him. Variety Club has put the most beautiful smile on my Baby's face. He is proud to ride HIS BIKE. I cannot say enough about the help we were given to adjust his brakes, put additional brakes on, and to size up the pedals and handlebars for Joey's custom bike. Thank You Variety Club, Joey's parents and brother, Ryan

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Bike Day

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October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

My brother, Mark Wood and his wife Jen have a son, Trevor who took a serious fall and had a very serious brain trauma injury. Trevor spent months in the hospital and we do thank the Lord that he survived. When we saw the time approaching that Trevor could go home there was another huge problem. There was not way that their home was compatible for a wheel chair and could meet the need of Trevor. It was overwhelming and we saw no way that things could work out. That is when Variety Club Children s Charities inc. contacted my brother and his wife. They came in and renovated part of the house, built a long ramp from the alley, which made it possible for Trevor to go home. Since then they have also did many things to help my brother's family and to help Trevor. As a family member we have been very thankful for the generosity and care for our family members. We would like to say Thank You and want you to know that we really appreciated all you have done. Randy and Linda Wood

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their care and help of a family in need. They have been a huge help in many areas over the past 18 months.

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No change.

October 21, 2010

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October 21, 2010

My name is Mark Wood, I have a son Trevor who sustained a traumatic brain injury from a 25' fall off a stairway banister while at school on June 9, 2009. Trevor was rushed to the emergency room at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Trevor was in critical condition when he arrived and they told us that we would have to see how the next 12 hours went. Trevor survived this fall and is continuing his recovery at this time. When Trevor was to be released from the hospital we were told that in order for us to bring him home, our home had to be accessible to him. We were devastated with the task of modifying our home just to have our son home where he belonged. We called different building contractors to get estimates for the modifications. We were told that they would cost around $50,000.00 . We were also told maybe we should just sell our home and find something more accessible for Trevor. We were devastated. A social worker at Children's Hospital came to visit us one day and suggested we call Variety the Children's Charity of Wisconsin. My wife Jennifer called them and asked if they knew of anyone that could help us with the expense of getting a wheelchair van or the remodel of our home so we could get our son home. Gerise from Variety told us that she would make a few phone calls and see what she could do. That was in the evening time, the very next morning Gerise called Jennifer and asked her if she was sitting down. She then proceeded to tell us that she had reached out to some of the friends of Variety Charities for help and immediately was called by Tom the owner of Tri North Builders. Tri North Builders said they would like to come to our house and remodel our house to make it wheelchair accessible so Trevor could come home! Within 3 days our house was being remodeled, we were really wanting to get Trevor home as soon as possible and hopefully by Thanksgiving but that was less then a month away. Needless to say they finished our home and Trevor came home to be with his family for Thanksgiving. Variety Charities was involved every step of the way, bringing over food, offering anything we needed to help out. We gained a personal relationship with all of Tri North Builders and Gerise and the rest of the staff of Variety Charities. Since then Variety continues to be a important part in our lives, We are invited to numerous events and programs that allow Trevor to do thing he may never be able to do without their help. They are the most wonderful, caring and loving people! We are proud to be a part of the Variety family! I am continually amazed as I see all the help they continue to give out to so many families in need . Thank you so much!! Mark Wood

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They brought my son home and made our family whole again.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them have more money tohelp other families

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Social worker at Childrens Hospitol of Wisconsin

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They continue to offer activities we can do as a family that is wheelchair friendy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

I am Nolan's mom. Nolan has a rare disorder that affects both of his legs. A new device came out called "The Walkaide". Nolan was able to try this on both legs. This is a very costly piece of equipment and after appeals to the insurance company and letters to many charities, We all about given up. One of the social workers at Children's Hospital told us about Variety Children's Charity of Wisconsin. They have gone above and beyond belief...Nolan was gifted 2 Walkaides and we recently applied for a grant for him to receive a handcyle. Once again Variety came through!!! They are a part of our family and have helped many others!!! This is an amazing charity that helps families who have no other place to turn!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization helped my son therefore directly positively impacting our family.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

The people are nice and this charity changed my life. They really helped me a lot and the experience with them has been great.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Variety changed my life by getting me walkaides. I have a genetic leg disease and the walkaides have made me stronger.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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