Mom launches nonprofit to supply computers to sick kids
Killian's Kids is raising money to buy computers to give to kids with cancer or any life-illness so they can keep in touch as they go through treatments.Posted — Updated
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.