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'Step Up' Event Raises Awareness of Child Abuse in Berkshires

When Kiersten Thomann, a senior at McCann Tech, got pregnant, she heard what people were saying. "People would say you can't do this, she ruined her life, she will never graduate," Thomann said.

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Local Woman's Murder Sparks Rally to Raise Transgender Awareness

Some 40 people attended Saturday's rally, including Steele-Knudslien's friends from the Northampton/Springfield area, to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. The event had initially been scheduled for Northern Berkshire District Court but removed to City Hall for better exposure.

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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness

On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide. "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.

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Berkshire Groups Going Blue For Autism This Month

The local agencies which serve individuals with autism don't want to just raise awareness in April. They want to celebrate what those individuals bring to the community. On Friday night at AdLib, the College Internship Program. Glee Club showed that off. The club took to the front of the room to sing songs and play guitar. Next to them was a display and pieces of artwork created by local residents with autism - a tie in with the First Friday Art Walk program the city runs.

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North Adams Recognizes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Some 43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. More than 100,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States alone. The figures are staggering. More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer every day and, while the survival rate is high at 83 percent, more than half of survivors develop health problems related to their treatment.

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