SPRINGFIELD May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, will once again host a forum open to stroke survivors and their caregivers.
The 2012 Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum; 10 Years of Honoring, Educating and Connecting, will take place on May 9 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The day will celebrate 10 years of providing stroke information and education in the Pioneer Valley.
Close to 400 are expected to attend the event which is designed to bring together stroke survivors and caregivers so they may become better connected with the network of resources available. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the day will include over one dozen exhibitors who will provide valuable education, tools and resources to stroke survivors and caregivers. Also, stroke survivors and caregivers will share their experiences and stories and the program will be hosted by Boston Comedian and American Stroke Association supporter Chris Tabb.
The forum is open to the public and admission is $5, which will include a light breakfast and lunch. For more information go to www.heart.org/PVstrokeforum. For tickets call the American Heart Association local office at 827-0400.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or gets clogged. About 700,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year and over 162,000 will die. Knowing about and managing risk factors reduces stroke. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or go to www.StrokeAssociation.org.
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