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Iowa Walk Celebrates it's 11th Year with a New Walk Location! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 View Comments

The 11th Annual Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks event was help on a sunny Saturday on June 9th at the new location of the Iowa Cubs Stadium.  The 2,000 participants walked along the river raising $100,000 to date!  The Walk was filled with teams who were easy to identify because of the colorful, creative t-shirts bearing their team names! 

Casey’s (based out of Des Moines) did a check presentation for the national puzzle piece campaign they held raising more than $292,000 nationally.  Thank you Casey's! 

Top teams from last year were recognized as well as the top teams (so far!) for 2012.  Grand Club Members were also recognized and "pinned" on stage.  The  top new team award (this year two were recognized) was presented in memory of Heather Campbell.Heather’s parents, Vickie and Doug, and her brother, Scott, presented the award to the top two new teams Katie’s Krusaders and Team Trinity.  Typically we just recognize one new team but these teams were so close – separated by only $10 on Walk day! – that we recognized both.  Doug said a few words about Heather – a young woman who felt it was her calling to work with and educate children with autism.  She had formed the team “Angels of Solitude” and actively fundraised for Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks in 2010, getting her friends and family involved in a cause she believed in.  Tragically, Heather’s life was cut too short and she died at the age of 19 before she was able to see her hard work come to fruition.   Her family continues to support her causes and the Walk each year in her memory.   

A big thank you to our incredible Co-Chairs, Danielle Sharpe and Kristin Littlejohn, our amazing Walk Committee and outstanding volunteers!

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