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October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

We are a large tertiary hospital, located in a small rural community; not often are we the beneficiary of grants that make such an enormous impact on the tiniest of lives! We feel so blessed that Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin helped provide a grant for transport ventilators for our neonatal patients at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Whether transporting in a helicopter from a northern Wisconsin hospital or transporting to a procedure down the hall, the upgraded transport ventilators will allow for better outcomes for these infants needing breathing assistance. We are truly grateful for Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin and on behalf of the neonatal patients on ventilation at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital—thank you!

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

make sure that Variety becomes a well known charity throughout the state so they can help more children.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

Words can not express the feelings I have for Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin. My son is 10 years old. Just about two years ago now we put him on a waiting list for a bike, but never heard a thing. It was earlier this year in March, my son's therapist recieved a call from Gerise from Variety about seeing his name on that waiting list for the bike. I was put in touch with Gerise, filled out some forms and just in time for spring he was riding his bike!! This bike has CHANGED my son's life. All of the sudden we saw this boy who clung to his mother take off. Within two days he was riding up and down the neighborhood with all the other kids by himself. He has ridden this bike nearly everyday. I have neighbors who sit out on their porches just watching him go up and down the sidewalks amazed at his new independence. Infact, just earlier today his dentist told me she was passing by the house saw him on the bike and was so excited she was not watching where she was driving and nearly hit a parked car. Not only has Variety granted his wish to have his own bike, but in January he will have the opportunity to try snow skiing and snowboarding, something he is very excited about and never thought he would be able to experience. Did I mentioned he took part in the Fishing Has No Boundries of Milwaukee that Variety is also a sponsor of? The second year in a row he reeled in the biggest fish, this year it was a 14lb Shinook Salmon and also a Brown Trout. I am so thankful from the bottom of my heart for what Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin has done for the new independence I see in my son and the future that they may bring to his life.

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I have seen this organization reach out! They found us, and we are very thankful for that.

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Not a thing, everyone I have met have been so extremely wonderful, thoughtful, and caring. It is like we're not strangers, we're a part of a family that is on the same road for these children, providing independence, fun, excitement, new experience and so much more.

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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?

They found us!

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

Independence for my child!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My son Nicolas is a loving 4 yr old at the age of 5 months he was injured and diagnosed with Non accidental brain injury. Since moving to Wisconsin Variety has allowed my other children and Nicolas to participate in dream nights such as the bucks games, and admirals games along with the ren faire these are things that with a child of special needs we as a family can not possibly find the extra money to spend on things like this. As we are busy buying items for Nicolas' care and as toys for him that are adaptive to him and his needs. Variety has allowed us as a family to offer a childhood to our other 2 children that in the light of Nicolas injuries we would have been unable to provide and still provide the best for Nicolas.

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

Many dream night activities. With out the hard work of the people at Variety my family and I would not have met some great families struggling with the same things and matters that we do and they have helped point us in the right direction for many opportunities

Ways to make it better...

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

See that these fine ladies that run this organization had a bit more help in the office.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My son George has a rare chromosone disorder its called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. When he was 3 he needed a special walker because he is so small. We were unable to get funding through our medical insurance. We applied for funding through Variety Chidrens Charieties Inc. of WI. George got his walker! We are so greatful to them for all they have done and continue to do for us. They are trully concerned about his progress and have kept in contact with us over the last few years. They have asked if he needs anything else that they can help with. It is so encouraging knowing they are there for us.

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

getting the funding that I applied for

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

make sure every family who has a child with a disability knows about their organization

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

We were so blessed to have received a bike from Variety. One of or boys has several disabilities and was unable to ride a bike independently. Through Variety we received a tandem recumbent bike. We are now able to take long family rides that last for hours. We talk and laugh and get great exercise while we are doing it. This gift has brought our whole family closer because it is the one thing that we can all do together and everyone enjoys. We think Variety is awesome!

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the way my kids beg to go bike riding and the way they smile as we zoom down the bike path. It is also so cool when my son says "Look mom, I can really do it!"

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

want to bring in more money,so that they could give more bikes away.

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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?

Variety was very upbeat and wanting so much to make kids dreams come true.

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

We definitely get more exercise(or therapy in Ethan's sake), and we spend more time all together. It is hard to find anything that both our boys can do together and like doing. This bike was the answer.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My son had been using a bike during his physical therapy to help strengthen his legs after he had had a hip reconstruction surgery. Unfortunately, we had no way of following through at home. Then we heard about Variety Clubs Bike Day which helped kids with special needs get special bikes. We were so excited when John was chosen to receive a bike, and not just any bike but a bike that was custom fit and custom built just for him. He was so excited when he tried out his bike for the first time. His smile was precious! John had tried bikes before that we got through an equipment loan program but they had never quite fit his needs. Now John has an awesome bike that works for him and us too (it has rear stearing for us)!

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The joy on my son's face when we put him on his new bike. We also went to Variety's Bike Day event. We met other recipients, donors and providers. It was also a wonderful oportunity for my other children to experience the special bikes and meet other families. I also know they sponsor other programs in which they always include the whole family.

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I can't think of any changes except the ability to help more kids and families.

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 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.

Ways to make it better...

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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