Variety to Present Specialized Mobility Pieces to Eight Eastern Iowa Children

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Eight children from Eastern Iowa will receive their own specialized mobility piece designed to work with their special needs to help them gain strength and independence through play. The presentation will take place at the Variety Star Playground at Noelridge Park, the first all-inclusive playground in Cedar Rapids.


Variety helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding each year for over 100 specialized bicycles, gait trainers, standers, mobile standers, specialized strollers, specialized car seats, and more to families in need.


What started as a program offering specialized bikes has expanded to fit the growing needs of children in our communities. In addition to seeing the smiles on children’s faces, these mobility pieces offer both physical and therapeutic benefits. Unfortunately, these items are cost prohibitive to some families and are rarely covered by insurance. Variety works with physical therapists throughout the state to identify children who would greatly benefit from a specialized bike or other piece of mobility equipment.


About Variety: Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children in our community. For more information on how you can be a part of our work, please visit

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