Variety of Eastern Tennessee
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Variety of Eastern Tennessee has helped hundreds of children in the Eastern Tennessee area through our Kids on the Go! Mobility program.  This program is for children 19 years old and younger and helps local families acquire special needs equipment for children with mobility challenges.  We can help with walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, home and vehicular ramps and other types of devices which are beyond the financial means of the family.  Variety will contribute up to $3,000.00 yearly per request for eligible candidates.


Please write to us about your child and include the following information: (Note: If you are an East Tennessee children's agency, please go to Grant Application. This application is for individuals and families only.)

  • Your name, parent or guardian:
  • Your address:
  • Contact phone number:
  • Relationship to Child: 
  • Child's name:
  • Child's age including date of birth:
  • Child's diagnosis:
  • Type of health insurance, please list all: 
  • Number of dependents in the family along with ages and names:

Please submit the following documentation along with the above information:

  • Letter(s) of verification from professionals (therapist, doctor, social worker) who are most familiar with your child's needs.  This letter should be current and clearly specify your child's needs for the equipment requested and benefits of use.  Please include as much detail as possible and provide the professional's e-mail address, phone number and mailing address.
  • A prescription from a medical professional (therapist or doctor) for the need of requested equipment.
  • Letter from the applicant with a description of the child's situation and how Variety can help.
  • Documentation of attempts to obtain other funding from insurance, other non-profit organizations, grants, loans, etc. 
  • Include letter of TennCare or Insurance partial payment or denial.
  • Has the family ever received assistance from Variety in the past?  If so, when and in what form?
  • Include most recent tax return.
  • A detailed description of the equipment requested, including brand name and all additional components. 
  • Three detailed, itemized quotes from suppliers that state the equipment, all additional components necessary to make the equipment a perfect fit for your child, and a total cost.
  • Proof of ownership is required if the request is for a modification to a home or vehicle.
  • Recent photo of the child.

If funding is approved, we do require photographs of the child with the equipment (preferably within one month of receiving the equipment). You will also need to sign the following.  (These forms can be obtained by contacting our office at

  • Release of Liability Form
  • Disclaimer Form
  • Authorization to Use Name and Likeness

Please note you may be required to provide additional information if needed.

Send all of the above to:

Variety of Eastern Tennessee
Attn: Patty Thewes
101 E. Blount Ave
Knoxville, TN 37920

Fax: 865-690-7197


If we're able, we'll do everything in our power to get your child the special equipment they need. If you have questions about the application process, please send us an email at

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