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Mom launches nonprofit to supply computers to sick kids

Posted October 24, 2010

You might remember Jennifer Varner. She's the Cary mom who launched Pure Ecommerce. The business creates turnkey boutique websites, sells them and provides counseling and support to the buyer.

I wrote about her a couple of months ago. Many of Varner's clients are moms who wanted to work from home.

Varner recently launched Kilian's Kids, a nonprofit that raises money to buy computers to give to children with cancer or any life-threatening illness.

Kilian, her youngest child, is her inspiration.

Last August, Varner was three months pregnant with Kilian when she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She and her husband had just returned from a trip to Chicago where the couple had celebrated his 10-year cancer-free anniversary.

Varner had a masectomy and chemotherapy all while carrying her baby. Despite all the procedures, Varner was able to carry Kilian to term. She is now blessed with a happy, healthy baby.

"He's just this extremely happy baby," she said. "He's my little survivor. He's just happy to be here."

As Varner underwent treatment, she realized just how much her laptop was a lifeline for her. She was able to stay in touch with friends and family and keep working as she sat in the chemotherapy room getting treatment.

Varner figured that if they don't already have one, a laptop is probably the last thing on parents' mind when their child is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. So as a way to give back after surviving her own experience, Varner has started Kilian's Kids.

The nonprofit will provide sick kids with laptops so they can keep in touch with friends or just escape from life in the hospital.

To raise money, Varner will regularly auction one of her Pure Ecommerce sites.

"A contest will be running constantly," she tells me.

Check Kilian's Kids' website for the latest auction and more about the group.

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