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Two teams associated with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hampshire County will hold a 5K Purple Walk/Run April 21 at Look Memorial Park in Florence.

The event is a fundraiser for Donna’s Darlins and The Fireflies — two teams that are part of the Relay. The Relay generates funds for cancer programs and research.

To register for the event visit www.hamprelay.org/5k. The fee is $15 per participant. Check-in will begin for all walkers and runners at 8 a.m. at Look Park’s Dow Pavilion, with the race launching at 9 a.m. For more information, contact race coordinators at 5k@hamprelay.org.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts is offering a free six-week NAMI Basics educational course for parents and caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral concerns.

The course will be held in Sunderland and will be held on six Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in April and May starting as soon as the minimum number of attendees is reached. Pre-registration for the course is required. The course and all materials are free.

The NAMI Basics course is designed to help parents and caregivers of children diagnosed before age 13 with mental illness or emotional/behavioral concerns. Taught by trained teachers, Basics gives caregivers the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their children, their families, and themselves.

For more information please contact Kendra Edmonds at kendraedmonds4@aol.com or 530-1598, or call the NAMI-WM main office at 786-9139 or 1-800-295-2121.


Cooley Dickinson-affiliated physicians, nurses and representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee will give a presentation on palliative care April 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Belchertown Senior Center, 60 State St.

Palliative care is a way to help people and their families manage serious illness, such as cancer, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. Speakers include Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D., director of the Palliative Care Program, Maureen Groden, R.N., of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Program, and Patient Family Advisory Committee members Ray Ducharme, Howard Nenner and Don Reutener. For more information, contact Susan Bressette at 323-0420 or SBressette@belchertown.org.

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