Leah in the spotlight

When we asked if we could take some pictures of Variety kid Leah, a 5-year-old born with spina bifida, her mom wasn't sure Leah would be willing, as she's quite shy.

Does this look like shyness to you?

What we found, at one of her therapy sessions at Ranken Jordan, was a friendly, engaging girl with incredible upper body and core strength, toughness, and resilience.

Her therapy, as well as many pieces of vital equipment, is funded, at least in part, through the generous support of Variety donors.

Whether you can give Variety your financial support, or put us in touch with other kids and families we can help, our thanks would be equally heartfelt.