Variety kid Reece goes viral by shoveling snow with his new power wheelchair!

Reece shovels snow at his family's home with a new power wheelchair, paid for by Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis.

It snowed early this year in the St. Louis area.

And as soon as the white stuff started falling, Variety kid Reece sprang into action. Armed with a new power wheelchair provided by Variety and a snow shovel, 11-year-old Reece pitched in to help his family clear their driveway. His father Rick took video and narrated the action:

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Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:03
How do we solve the autism puzzle? The answer may lie in "girl power."

Dr. John Constantino presents at Variety's Champions for Children Summit at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

Whenever he speaks about autism research and the ongoing search for novel treatments, Dr. John Constantino (pictured above) brings out a heavy disclaimer.

There's still "a long road and a lot of work to do" before researchers like him can discover a "game-changer" — like the precise genetic equation that predisposes children to autism, or a silver-bullet drug that can suppress most... Continue Reading »

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:19
Champions for Children 2014: Full list of award winners

Variety Champions for Children Summit 2014 award winners

Thanks to all who attended our Champions for Children Summit Wednesday at the Chase Park Plaza!

We handed out a lot of hardware during our afternoon luncheon, so we wanted to officially congratulate all the winners here! Click here to see a full list of past winners, and check our a full gallery from the Summit on Facebook.

2014 Champion for Kids:
Ridley Pearson

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Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:53
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