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Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks Celebrates it's 13th Year! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 View Comments

Over 13,000 individuals came out on a beautiful, hot, sunny day in the city of Pittsburgh, PA to participate in the 13th Annual Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Heinz Field on Saturday, June 9th.

The Walk, co-chaired by Ellen Cicconi and Candi Cybator, raised over $750,000 with donations still arriving.  Our teams displayed incredible team spirit through their cheers, signing, and incredible signs dedicated to supporting their loved ones with autism.  Participants walked through the streets of Pittsburgh and celebrated after the event with food donations sponsored by Quaker Oats, PepsiCo, Baughman, Eat n Park, Daily’s Juice, Frito Lay, Fed Ex, Doubletree Downtown, Giant Eagle, and McDonald’s.

THANK YOU to all of the service providers and amazing sponsors that helped to make the Pittsburgh Walk possible.  The Community Resource Fair featured 39 service providers focused on helping families affected by autism.  Our National Sponsors, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us were in attendance and had samples of their Differently Abled Toys.  Our local corporate sponsors including AERI, Family Behavioral Resources, Grainger, Pepsico, Pitt Ohio, NHS Human Services, New Story, Children’s Hospital, FedEx, Pressley Ridge, Community Care, EDMC, Watson Institute, University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Pathology, United States Steel Corp., KDKA Radio, Lamar Advertising, Buncher Family Foundation, David Fitzsimmons Family, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DynaVox Technologies, GNC, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, McGuire Woods, Pediatric Alliance, Smithfield Trust, Rosebud Mining, Thomas Lane Consulting & Wesley Spectrum Services all help to make our event successful.  Also, many of our sponsors had a Walk team!

Special thanks to Larry Richert, who served as our event emcee and to DJ Bob Scullion for sharing his fabulous tunes and kicking off the event.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the Walk day volunteers who helped make the day run smooth.

If you still have money from supporters, please send donations to:
Autism Speaks, Donations Department
Pittsburgh Walk
5455 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Please attach a donation form and make sure you include your team name and the person to whom credit should be given.  All checks should be made payable to Autism Speaks.

Matching Gifts...
If you have matching gift forms for your company/organization, please complete your employee section and mail to the address listed above so we can process the form for you.

We are so grateful to all of all participants who worked hard for months leading up to the Walk and to all of those who will continue to work through the year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission.

For more photos of the Walk, visit our Facebook page at


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