Contact: Stacie Williamson
For Immediate Release
Heartspring's Autism CARE Walk raises $88,000
WICHITA, Kan. –Heartspring’s Autism CARE Walk raised more than $88,000 for Heartspring’s Autism Services program. Thousands of participants joined in the 1.5-mile walk at the Wichita WaterWalk on April 28.
“We are so grateful to the individuals and businesses who made this possible,” Heartspring Special Events Coordinator Megan Berry said. “These funds will directly impact the children Heartspring serves.”
A diagnosis can create major changes for a family or individual. Autism behavioral services and therapies cost up to $60,000 a year, on average. Heartspring’s Autism Services provides applied behavioral analysis, summer camps, and social clubs as well as outreach training and family services to the Wichita community.
This was the second tenth-annual Autism CARE Walk. Last year, the event was rained out.
“After having to cancel last year’s event, it was extra special to see everyone come together once again to walk for autism awareness,” Stacie Williamson, director of development, said. “The show of support we get from our community partners and autism advocates is incredible. They show up and walk together for a cause that is important to them, Wichita, and the surrounding communities.”
In addition to the walk, the event also had food trucks, vendors, and family-friendly activities.