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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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Little Gemma finds strength to battle hypotonia, ‘courage’ to try new things

Gemma was 1 year old when she started outpatient therapy at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for hypotonia, a condition that weakens the muscles, making it difficult to sit, stand or walk. As part of her therapy, pediatric physical therapist Kate Rustem has used Kinesio Taping to facilitate core muscle stability. “We use it to…
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UPDATED: Mary Free Bed Alumna Pam Buschle, Queen of GRIT

UPDATE: Mary Free Bed alumna Pam Buschle has made great strides since she was an inpatient at Mary Free Bed. The East Grand Rapids resident, who recently served as grand marshal for the city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration (sponsored by the city and Mary Free Bed to mark their 125th anniversaries), appeared on WOOD-TV’s…
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Mary Free Bed announces reforestation partnership with PrintReleaf, through Lasers Resource

Grand Rapids, Mich. – As part of its commitment to sustainability, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the fifth largest free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the United States, has subscribed to the PrintReleaf Exchange (PRX). PRX is the first technology platform to enable cloud-based tracking and reforestation of printed paper. This strategic partnership allows Mary Free Bed an innovative and authentic…
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Mary Free Bed alumnus Bryan Barten heading to Paralympics in Rio

Bryan Barten will be the first to tell you he’s an athlete. And actually, he is a top athlete. In September, he will represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Barten, 42, a Hart, Mich., native who now lives in Tucson, Ariz., is one of the best wheelchair tennis players in…
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