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My Disability Helps Motivate Me!

Oksana Parmenter was eight years old before she realized that people in wheelchairs could do more than simply sit around and watch the world go by. Born with spina bifida and raised in a Lithuanian orphanage, Oksana was told she’d never play basketball or swim in a pool. But then Jan and Bill Parmenter adopted…
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Back in the Swing of Things – Update on Ozzie Koroma

After a fateful night in March that landed him at Mary Free Bed – and in the headlines – 24-year-old Osman Koroma is back at work and looking forward to returning to Grand Rapids Community College this fall. “Ozzie,” who lost his sight due to cataracts at the age of 14, was hit by a…
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Top wheelchair tennis players in Grand Rapids tourney

The Midwest Wheelchair Outdoor Championships, which takes place July 10-13 at MVP Athletic Club- Crahen, has attracted the top wheelchair tennis players in the U.S. and other highly ranked players from Japan, France and Canada. Hosted by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program, the tournament is expected to attract about 70…
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Our congrats to Orrin Schroeder

Our congrats to Orrin Schroeder – way to go! A recent below–the–knee amputee, 67-year-old Orrin came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to be fitted for a prosthetic leg and receive outpatient therapy. On May 19, a little more than a month after he received his prosthesis, Orrin shot a hole–in-one on hole 16 at…
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