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For Immediate Release


Heartspring's 2014 Autism CARE Walk breaks attendance and fundraising records

WICHITA, Kan. – More than 4,000 autism ambassadors came together at Heartspring’s 7th annual Autism CARE Walk on Saturday, April 26, Downtown at WaterWalk, to celebrate a fundraising campaign that totaled a record-breaking $101,012.

The 1.5-mile walk was held in downtown Wichita. After the walk, participants were greeted with various family-friendly entertainment, including a ceremonial autism bill presentation by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, music by Haywired, lunch by local food trucks, sponsor and vendor booths and a silent auction.

All of the proceeds raised from the 2014 Autism CARE Walk will benefit Heartspring’s Community of Autism Resources and Education (CARE) Program, which provides outreach training, consultation services and innovative programs for individuals, families, professionals and community members impacted by autism.

“Wichita and the surrounding communities spoke loud and clear about their passion to support individuals with autism. The Autism CARE Walk has become a celebration of those individuals with autism, their families, business leaders, neighbors, friends, and even politicians, coming together to embrace the autism community. The CARE Program at Heartspring is sincerely appreciative to be the recipients of such generosity, which ultimately translates into programs, resources, and support for individuals with autism, “ said Connie Erbert, Director of The CARE Program.

This year’s Autism CARE Walk raised $15,000 more than the previous year and increased registration by 60 percent.

Heartspring is a worldwide center for children with special needs. Our residential school, outpatient pediatric services, and the Community of Autism Resources and Education (CARE) Program aim to help children of all ages succeed by gaining the skills necessary for a more independent lifestyle. For more information, please visit or contact


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