Gracie's Story

When you first meet Gracie and her family, you’ll notice that they are full of smiles and laughter. They share stories of Gracie’s first few classes at college, and reminisce about the times Gracie dazzled on stage and had a blast at summer camp.

If you ask about their day-to-day life, their smiles don’t really fade. But they’ll tell you about how Gracie, who is 18 years old, needs help with just about everything. From brushing her teeth in the morning, to eating each meal, to being stretched three times a day – Gracie relies on her family for many things most 18-year-olds take for granted.

Since Gracie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy before she was a year old, she has required countless therapy sessions and special equipment in order to reach her full potential. And Variety has been there every step of the way.  

We were also there for her first camp experience, and many following, watching her make friends that will last a lifetime. It was on Variety Children’s Theatre’s stage that Gracie found her passion for acting, and flew as a monkey in The Wizard of Oz. Now, Gracie is starting college, and Variety will continue to be by her side.

The families that are part of our organization count on Variety, and supporters like you, for moments both big and small. During this season of giving, please consider donating so that we may continue to support kids like Gracie.

Watch Gracie's inspiring story here. 

“You can always count on Variety” – Kim, Gracie’s mom