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Adapted bikes for people with physical challenges

Beth Cranson
Media Relations

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will be helping people with physical challenges secure bicycles of their very own this weekend.

Bikes for the Rest of Us will give about 80 children and adults the opportunity to be evaluated and fitted for a bicycle, tricycle or handcycle customized to accommodate their specific needs. Therapists, adapted bicycle vendors, service groups and others will be on hand to help. And thanks to a donation from the Mary Free Bed Guild, participants can receive a bicycle at a discounted cost.

This year, 68-year-old Brent Hays will be among the participants. Hays, a Hudsonville man who contracted polio at the age of 5, has never before ridden a bike. He’s hoping he can be fitted for a handcycle that will allow him to ride alongside his grandchildren.

Bikes for the Rest of Us

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9 am - 2 pm

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Parking Garage

360 Lafayette Ave. SE

Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503

The event is coordinated by Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports (WAS) Program. Through WAS, more than 700 athletes participate in basketball, tennis, sled hockey, quad rugby, goalball or handcycling, many competitively and some with national rankings.

About Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, acute-care rehabilitation hospital. For more than 120 years, we have served the needs of children and adults - restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. The scope of rehabilitation services on the Mary Free Bed campus is not found anywhere else in Michigan: 80 acute-care inpatient beds, extensive outpatient programs and home-based services. The combination of comprehensive services and our exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit www.maryfreebed.com.

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