Heartspring is celebrating our 13th Annual PedalFest bike ride on Saturday, August 20, 2016! Registration will open on Wednesday, June 1.
With a 100K, 50K, 25K distance rides and Family Ride, there is a route for every level of rider. Woven within each route are Supply and Gear (SAG) stops for support and mechanical assistance to ensure rider safety. After finishing their PedalFest route, riders are invited to join in the Post-Event Celebration back at Heartspring’s campus for lunch, a beer garden, live music, sponsor and vendors booths, and an awards presentation.
PedalFest is one of two fundraisers Heartspring hosts annually to benefit local children with special needs who receive therapies and services in our Pediatric Services program. Pediatric Services offers a wide variety of therapies including occupational, physical, and speech therapies as well as audiology and autism services to more than 850 individuals, ages birth to 21.
Many children who are impacted by special needs benefit from more than one type of therapy, multiple times per week. However, not all insurance companies consistently cover the therapy costs needed for these children, potentially making it difficult for their families financially. To combat the financial difficulties, the proceeds from PedalFest are used to offer free and reduced fee therapies, thus allowing the children access to therapies they otherwise would not be able to receive. In FY15, Heartspring Pediatric Services was able to award more than $425,000 in free or reduced fee therapies to more than 350 children. This would not be possible without the support from PedalFest sponsors, donors, riders, and volunteers.
The money raised during PedalFest ensures the children at Pediatric Services are able to receive the medically necessary services and therapies they need. Every children deserves the opportunity to improve his or her abilities and gain independence.
Heartspring has had the honor of being one of the nation's top facilities serving children with special needs for more than 80 years. Originating in Wichita, Heartspring has grown to help children across the nation and around the world. Our mission, in partnership with parents, professionals and the community, is to help children with special needs learn and grow on a path to a more independent life. Children with special needs make great strides towards greater independence every day through programs and services offered by Heartspring.