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 Teen Crenisha loves watching SpongeBob SquarePants, the color black and eating sweets. Her favorite thing to do, however, is spend time with her family. And her power wheelchair, provided with help from Ameren and Variety St. Louis, helps her do just that.
Crenisha and her mom, Teresa, enjoy going places together, including the mall, the Zoo and their favorite restaurants. Because of Crenisha’s mobility challenges, however, she has had to rely on Teresa, her sole caregiver, to help her get where she wants to go.
Until last year, Crenisha got around using a manual wheelchair or stroller. But, because she wasn’t able to maneuver this equipment herself, her mom had to push her. As Crenisha grew up, this was getting more difficult for Teresa to do.
“I can barely push her now because she has gotten heavier,” says Teresa. “We could no longer go places unless I have someone to help.”
Now, Crenisha’s power chair has made it possible for her and her mom to get out and about without the help of someone else. It is much easier for Teresa to maneuver and it has many special features that keep Crenisha safe and comfortable.
“Crenisha's power chair allows her to easily get around at doctor's appointments, go to the mall, Zoo, visit with family more often, enjoy parks and many other activities,” says Teresa.
Beyond going places, the power chair is also instrumental in allowing Crenisha to stay at home with her mom, instead of living in a home for people with disabilities.
“I don’t want my daughter to be in a facility, so I’m going to do whatever I can to make it work at home,” says Teresa. “This equipment has made it much easier.”
You can help Variety Kids and Teens like Crenisha make the impossible, possible by giving today at HelpAVarietyKid.org. Thank you!