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Local Rett syndrome teen fundraises for Variety kids

Submitted by Barb Coates, Variety Kids


eginning October 1st, Chilliwack’s Destiny Page-Thom will be fundraising to help children who have special needs through the Variety’s Kid Champions program.


Formerly known as the Kids Coin Drive for Variety, the new name highlights Variety’s belief that children who have special needs can achieve little victories every day and be leaders in their community, building teams of supporters and inspiring others to help Variety help more children. 


Despite being born with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic condition that presents her with severe mobility challenges, thirteen-year-old Destiny, with funding support from Variety, takes part in physiotherapy, swimming therapy and horseback riding therapy which helped to strengthen her core muscles, giving her the ability to finally sit up at the age of three. She is also able to throw a ball which is something most children with Rett syndrome are unable to do. In fact, she is so good she was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Vancouver Canadians Baseball game. And Destiny wants to help other children realize their dreams too.


“Champions are people we look up to for inspiration,” says Bernice Scholten, executive director of Variety - The Children’s Charity. “Variety’s Kid Champions are encouraging their communities to help them help more children who have special needs. It takes teamwork to make a difference and by taking the lead, our champions are achieving little victories every day.”


West Can Autoparts is matching donations for Destiny’s fundraising campaign up to $5,000.


There are many ways to support Destiny: by donating at the Variety coin boxes in all IGA, BMO and Buy-Low locations; donating online to the champions’ fundraising pages at; or becoming a corporate sponsor raising funds through your business or by matching community donations. For more information contact David Coons, Director, Fund Development at 604 320 0505 or via email here.


Destiny is trying to raise $2000. You can make a donation to her fundraising here.


Variety - The Children’s Charity, along with its donors, provides funding for life-saving medical care and services, life-changing mobility and communication equipment and therapies, as well as life-enriching education and experiences to children who have special needs, helping them to achieve their own little victories.




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