Contact: Megan Schapaugh, Special Events Coordinator
Phone: (316) 634-8812
For Immediate Release
Heartspring’s Autism CARE Walk raises more than $105,000
WICHITA, Kan. –Heartspring’s Autism CARE Walk raised more than $105,000 for children served through its Autism Services program. More than 2,800 participants joined in the 1.5-mile walk starting at WAVE, a new music venue in downtown Wichita, on April 26.
“We couldn’t have done this without the support of our sponsors, community partners, volunteers, participants and staff,” Heartspring Special Events Coordinator Megan Schapaugh said. “These funds will help children and families in our community achieve milestones they may never have imagined.”
According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 59 children in the United States have an autism diagnosis, impacting more than 5,500 children in the Wichita area. An autism diagnosis creates major changes for a family or individual. Services cost up to $60,000 a year, on average. Heartspring’s Autism Services department provides applied behavior analysis therapy and family resources through its Community of Autism Research and Education (CARE) program, which offers support groups, community training, social clubs and summer camps.
This was Heartspring’s 12th annual Autism CARE Walk. Last year’s event raised $88,0000.
“The support we receive every year from autism awareness advocates in our community is incredible,” Schapaugh said. “Each year, Wichita comes together to celebrate and raise awareness of an important cause that impacts many families in our community.”
In addition to the walk, the event also had food trucks, vendors, live music and family-friendly activities.