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The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and stroke, holds its annual Pioneer Valley Heart Walk May 18 at Forest Park in Springfield.

The AHA hopes to raise more than $200,000 to fund research and education Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a FREE commemorative Heart Walk T-shirt.

Walk registration will begin at 9 a.m. The 1-, 3- or 5-mile walk will kick off at 10 a.m. For more information call 413-735-2109 or go to www.pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.


Nominations are due May 3 for the 15th annual Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award. This prestigious award honors caregivers in New England who display extraordinary compassion in caring for patients. The recipient will receive $5,000 and four finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The Schwartz Center encourages the nomination of candidates from a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, physician practices, longterm care facilities, community health centers, outpatient clinics, and hospice and home care organizations. Eligible employees may include physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and chaplains – as well as interdisciplinary teams of caregivers.

For more information, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org.


Ascent Audiology and Hearing offers a free presentation on tinnitus, or ringing of the ears, May 8.

The event, to be held at 11 a.m. at the Ascent office at 104 Russell St., Hadley, includes information about the condition, its causes, and ways to alleviate it. Space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot: 413-584-1818.


A free program, “Understanding Signs of Stroke; How You Can Be Prepared,” will be held May 15, 6 to 7 p.m., in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Participants will learn to spot the differences between stroke and heart attack and get other important health tips. The event features Cooley Dickinson experts Christopher Hopewell, EMS coordinator; Tor Krogius, M.D., Emergency Department physician, and other experts.

To register, visit www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call (888) 554-4234. This event is free and open to all.

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