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American Heart and Stroke Associations to host walk, forum

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association will be sponsoring the following events during the month of May. On May 17, the AHA will host its 2009 Pioneer Valley Start! Heart Walk at Forest Park in Springfield. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. The AHA will host its annual walk to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke at Forest Park. The walk features one-, two- and five-mile courses. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. A Kid's Zone includes a bounce house, games and entertainment. Prize incentives are available for fundraising. For more information call 827-0400. For more information or to register visit pioneervalleyheartwalk.org. On May 20, the American Stroke Association will host the Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Forum at the MassMutual Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The American Stroke Association presents its annual forum that provides valuable education, tools and resources for survivors and caregivers of stroke. This year's forum theme is "Making the Stroke Connection: Adaptation, Accessibility, Attitude." The goal of this event is to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors, their caregivers and family members. Admission is $5 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information call 827-0400.

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