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Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin
October 27, 2010

My involvement with Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin and the children and families they serve has been a fulfilling experience. I run a retail bicycle and fitness store. Over the years we have made a number of modifications to bicycles of many shapes and sizes to allow people with varied challenges use them. Most are bought by the families who can afford them. Some are funded by friends, or the state or organizations. A lot of families cannot afford them. Well, this past spring Gerise LaSpisa, Executive Director of Variety, paid us a visit. We have not been the same since. Variety's mission has inspired us to want to be more involved not just with the fine folks in their organization but more importantly with the children they serve. While the special adaptive bikes are right up our alley as my staff and me are all bike nuts, it is the opportunity to create freedom for the children to explore the world with their bike that has us so excited. Some of the kids now have their own way to get around. Some are able to exercise outside with their friends as equals for the first time. Some are able to free up their family to get outside at all. And some kids are simply excited because they are on a bike and not a wheelchair. Variety makes this all possible for families who otherwise cannot afford to do this. The bikes are only a part of what Variety does. The care and accuracy with which they find individual solutions to assist challenged kids and their families is inspiring. The chance to work with Gerise and her staff and the kids and families they serve gives our staff the chance to be more involved in our community and for that we are grateful.

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The impact that Variety has had on these children and their families lives is immediate to see. Mobility, freedom and a healthy outlet, all while putting huge smiles on the kids faces. Variety does their homework with the children and families, as well as communicating with the therapists who may have worked directly with the kids to be sure they know what the kids can and cannot do. By the time they involve us, there is solid information to move forward. A pleasure to work with.

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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?

Quick to respond, accurate and caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I assessed each childs unique situation, strengths, weaknesses, co-ordination etc. Then recommended the unique bicycle style that would allow them to effectively use the bike in as normal a way as possible.