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Sasha Duval stands, walks for first time at Mary Free Bed

UPDATE: Sasha’s story has been reported by media near her Iowa hometown, including the Marion Times (A Family’s Blessing) and KCRG-TV9 (Teen lives out lifelong dream of walking). The TV station provided the story to its affiliates, and it has been shared by stations across 21 states. Guest blog: Sherrie Duval and her husband, James,…
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Mary Free Bed Guild honored by Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Mary Free Bed Guild, which is marking its 125th anniversary, will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, which promotes women’s equality by honoring their history and celebrating their accomplishments. The Mary Free Bed Guild was founded in 1891 when a small group of Grand Rapids women established…
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Teen injured in snowplow accident makes great strides

Loren Kroll said she was going to miss her team at Mary Free Bed when she graduated Aug. 4. The teenager, who was struck by a snowplow in January while waiting for the school bus, was critically injured and hospitalized for five months before coming to Mary Free Bed in May for rehabilitation. Loren sustained…
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Rec therapy team gets creative with adaptive tree climbing

Every patient who comes to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is different. Also unique is what each patient enjoys doing. That’s why Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team works to individualize activities catered to each patient’s interests that promote rehabilitation, wellness and independence. Newberry, Mich. native Charles Wallace came to Mary Free Bed in 2010 for…
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Fun, fitness reign at Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp

Charles McDonald first attended Mary Free Bed Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp in 2002 as a camper. This year, he served as an instructor. More than 50 campers with disabilities participated in the July 25-29 camp at Grand Valley State University in Allendale. The free event offers kids of all ability levels and ages the opportunity…
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David Lulenski: ‘Mary Free Bed gave me a chance’

In 1997, David Lulenski was 18 years old and ready to start his sophomore year at the University of Arizona when he was involved in a car accident that nearly cost him his life. He was thrown more than 40 feet from a Jeep and hit the side of a house, head-first. After spending nearly…
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Jodi (Mata) Scott tackles adversity with hope, determination

Loss is a word Jodi (Mata) Scott knows all too well. In the span of three years, she lost three people she loved dearly: her mother, boyfriend and best friend. During that time, Jodi also lost all of her fingers and thumbs in a 2013 fire that destroyed her childhood home in Harrison, Mich. “It’s…
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OrthoSEAT team members’ story on mobility selected for cover of Rehab Management

Congratulations to OrthoSEAT team leader Cara Masselink and Matt Lefevre, a physical therapist in the program, for their cover story in the July/August edition of Rehab Management magazine. Their piece, “Mobility Technology: Only as Good as the Training” discusses how matching mobility technologies to user need is essential for comfort and function, and to enable…
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