LANCASTER, N.Y. – Variety – the Children’s Charity of Buffalo and Western New York has a long history of supporting the community’s most vulnerable children. Notable among the recipients of Variety funds is the Robert Warner, MD Rehabilitation Center for Children with Special Needs at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The center has received funding for various programs and research from Variety since 1962. In recognition of the extensive support of Variety, the new rehab center at the Oishei Children’s Outpatient Center will be named the Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center. The rehab center is scheduled to move to its new location in the Conventus Building at 1001 Main Street in October.
The relationship between Variety and the rehab center is deep. In 1962, Dr. Robert Warner, world-renowned pediatrician who developed the PKU test and founder of the Robert Warner Rehab Center, had a vision to expand care for children with special needs. He turned to Variety – the Children’s Charity for help, and they teamed up to launch the Variety Kids Telethon. The Telethon raised $80,000 its first year, and the Variety Kids Telethon has provided funds to the Robert Warner Center ever since. The Telethon raised over $1 Million in April for its 55th year, making it one of the nation’s longest-running, locally-produced telethons and a true Western New York treasure. Funds from the Telethon stay local and support over a dozen children’s organizations that provide programs and equipment for children facing illness, disability, and disadvantage.
The rehab center offers comprehensive rehabilitation services including diagnostic, evaluative and therapeutic services to children with known or suspected disabilities in Western New York and beyond. The center also supports the Regional Perinatal Center of WNY and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and provides a number of clinics, including the Motor Clinic, Feeding Disorders Clinic, Speech and Hearing Program, and Aquatic Therapy, among others.
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