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Ballroom dancing class helps Kathy feel ‘new’ and ‘normal’

Adaptive Dance MFB 2016

Kathy Robinson is no wallflower. The 62-year-old retired school teacher loves to kayak, do yoga and dance. And despite her 2011 diagnosis of secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis, Kathy still does all three. Kathy is enrolled in Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports’ (WAS) new Ballroom Dancing course, which promote participants’ physical, social and emotional well-being. “Sometimes I can…
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Mary Free Bed at Sparrow: See the grand opening & new facilities [Video & Photos]

The first phase of renovations and expansion of the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit is complete, with 30 private patient rooms now open. This joint venture of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Sparrow Hospital eventually will expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sparrow to 40 private patient rooms and two state-of-the-art therapy…
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2015 Bikes for the Rest of Us matches 80 people with adaptive cycles

Bikes for the Rest of Us — Mary Free Bed’s popular annual adaptive bike event — was held Saturday, April 25, in the parking ramp of the Mary Free Bed professional building in downtown Grand Rapids. The chilly (but dry!) morning provided a productive, fun-filled opportunity for attendees to select and try the bicycle best suited for…
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Members of Mary Free Bed Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You see the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over the internet lately, staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital decided to take up the challenge…and donate. Follow #ALSIceBucketChallenge via social media or go to www.alsworldwide.org for more information.

Mary Free Bed Sponsors 2012 Midwest Wheelchair Championship

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital proudly hosted 70 top wheelchair tennis players from the United States and Canada for the 2012 Midwest Wheelchair Championship, on July 12-15. Nationally and internationally ranked athletes played for a purse of $11,500 during the four-day competition, including four paralympians. This event also marked the announcement that the Grand Rapids…
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Scott Rigsby, Double-Amputee Ironman

Scott Rigsby, the first double-leg amputee athlete to finish the grueling 140-mile Ford Ironman Marathon. Scott came to Grand Rapids in March to speak to the audience about his life, his book “UnThinkable,” and the importance of an active lifestyle. The event, “No Finish Line in Site,” was sponsored by Mary Free Bed, Gazelle Sports and…
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You’re Invited: Dedication Ceremony for “Rain,” 2009 ArtPrize Entry

On Monday, April 12, the Mary Free Bed Guild will hold a dedication ceremony for the sculpture Rain by artist Anna Donahue. The Guild bought and commissioned the piece to be bronzed after exhibiting it at the hospital for ArtPrize 2009. Artist Anna Donahue and her family have ties that run deep with both art and…
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