Contact: Megan Berry
For Immediate Release
Registration opens for Heartspring’s Autism CARE Walk
WICHITA, Kan. – Registration has opened for the second 10th Annual Autism CARE Walk. The event will take place on April 28 at the Wichita Water Walk. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. It is completely free for participants to walk and show their support. Last year, the event was canceled due to inclement weather, but Heartspring and its supporters were still able to raise $121,500 for children with special needs and their families.
“We were disappointed in the rainout last year, but Team CARE still came together to support the children we serve,” Stacie Williamson, Heartspring director of development, said. “We are incredibly excited for what this year will bring”.
Proceeds from the walk benefit Heartspring’s Autism Services program. The program provides services and resources for individuals and families affected by a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A diagnosis can create major changes for a family or individual. Autism behavioral services and therapies cost on average up to $60,000 a year. According to the CDC, one in 68 children are impacted by autism.
“The support of our community at events like CARE Walk make it possible for us to serve more children and help more families,” Megan Berry, Heartspring special events coordinator, said. “Each and every walker who comes out to raise autism awareness also makes a difference in the lives of children we serve.”
In addition to the main event, the CARE Walk will also have autism-friendly activities, vendor booths and food trucks. For more information or to register go to www.autismcarewalk.org.