Each year, Variety Kids and Teens are invited to take the runway at Variety’s Runway Lights Fashion Show to showcase their power wheelchairs, provided through Variety with help from our friends at Ameren. They also often wear custom fashions from that year’s featured designer, and their moment on the runway is always memorable and inspirational.
Although our 2020 event has been canceled due to concerns for the health and safety of our Variety Kids and supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to give this year’s Ameren Power Kids the spotlight they deserve. In this blog series, we’ll introduce you to each of the 2020 Ameren Power Kids and Teens!
Variety Kid Autumn loves the color purple, hanging out with her brothers and singing her heart out. She also participates in pageants, and even won one earlier this year!
All of this, and more, has been made possible by Variety St. Louis and the power wheelchair she received through assistance from our organization and Ameren.
The power wheelchair makes it possible for her to access her world independently. She uses it to keep up with her brothers and the friends she has made through Variety’s other programs.
Autumn loves Adventure Camp, where she spends time with her friends and tries new things like swimming and ice skating. She also enjoyed being on stage in Variety Theatre’s 2015 production of Mary Poppins.
In addition, Autumn has been going to physical therapy, thanks to Variety’s TherHappy Kids program, where she learns to maneuver the chair on her own. She has also attended equine-assisted therapy, which helped her build up her balance, strength and mobility.
“Therapy has helped Autumn a lot,” says Lori, Autumn’s mom. “There are a lot of things she couldn’t do before that she can do now.”
“Variety has been very supportive in numerous ways,” Lori continues. “It is an awesome organization – they bring us in and treat us like family. We appreciate Variety more than words can express.”
You can help Variety Kids like Autumn make the impossible, possible by giving today at HelpAVarietyKid.org. Thank you!