The Variety Children´s Charity of Buffalo and Western New York is one of the best and most recognizable charities here in our area. What does the Variety Club do? They support the sick, disabled, and disadvantaged by donating to other local charities that are directly involved with ones in need in our community.
Every February, Variety Children´s Charity of Buffalo and Western New York has their annual Telethon and it has been such as staple in our community. In fact, the Telethon here in Buffalo is the longest-running telethon in North America! Each year, there is a 'celebrity' child that is honored throughout and this year it is 5 year old Giovani Fiore!
 at Variety Children´s Charity of Buffalo and Western New York wrote about Giovani and his story on the website:

Giovani aka “Gio” is 5 years old. He lives in the Town of Tonawanda with his mother Allison Mitringa, his father Anthony Fiore and 11 year old brother named Ethan.

Gio attends CHC Learning Center and is in kindergarten. He loves getting the attention from anyone he can, going swimming in the pool, jamming out to music, spending time with his brother and taking walks.

Giovani uses multiple services through Oishei Children’s  Hospital including the Spasticity Clinic, Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center, Neurology, and G.I, Pulmonology.

Gio was born at 34 weeks due to lack of fetal movement from his mother’s  preeclampsia.  Due to the high blood pressure there was a lack of oxygen and caused a grade 2 brain bleed.

Gio’s diagnosis is Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, wheelchair dependent and he is g-tube fed requiring around the clock care.

Coming up in just a few weeks will be the 2022 Variety Kids Telethon taking place on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 from 6pm-11pm on WGRZ, Channel 2, and Sunday, March 6th from 10am-8pm on WBBZ, Cable 67.1, Channel 5. Hats off to all that are involved for making such a great thing happen in our Western New York community!

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