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Man Returns to Hunting after Experiencing a Spinal Cord Injury

As an experienced hunter, Breck Lonier was familiar with the safety precautions. However, one mistake led him to fall from a tree stand and become paralyzed. The only thing Breck remembers during that hunting trip in October 1999 was that he wasn’t feeling well. “I actually fell from the tree stand twice,” Breck explains. “I…
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Man Overcomes Spinal Cord Injury and Publishes Book

As a former firefighter and father of three, Steven P. Christians always had an active lifestyle. When he wasn’t fighting fires, Steven ventured outdoors, spending his free time fishing, hunting, or camping. However, Steven’s life took a drastic turn when doctors found a syrinx, a fluid-filled cyst, in his spinal cord. At age 35, Steven…
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Johnnie Tuitel Motivated by Mary Free Bed

 Johnnie Tuitel came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2013. The celebrated West Michigan author, motivational speaker, and disability advocate with cerebral palsy was found barely conscious, having spent nearly 9 hours in freezing temperatures after falling from his wheelchair. Emotionally drained, with frostbitten fingertips and a mild brain injury, Johnnie found in Mary…
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Former Mary Free Bed SCI Patient Trains for 5/3 Riverbank Run – Part 3

In April 2000, David Briggs was in a motorcycle accident which resulted in a severed spine. David was introduced to many recreational therapy activities during his 3 1/2 month stay at Mary Free Bed, including handcycling – a sport he actively enjoys.This year, David will compete in the handcycling division of the 2013 River Bank…
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Former Mary Free Bed SCI Patient Trains for 5/3 Riverbank Run – Part One

In April 2000, David Briggs was in a motorcycle accident and suffered spinal cord injury. He was introduced to many recreational therapy activities during his 3 1/2 month stay in Spinal Cord Injury Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, including handcycling – a sport he actively enjoys. This year, David will compete in the…
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Motivation Leads to Remarkable Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury

Last March, Chris Graystone was enjoying a fun evening with friends. However, the night filled with good laughs and memories took a turn for the worse when a few friends decided to take a polar bear plunge. Chris decided to join them. While making his way to the lake, Chris tripped over uneven ground just…
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Twins Make Donation to the Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Injury Program

Benton and Garret Truttman are thankful for their grandmother, Joyce. This fall, Joyce came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to recover from a spinal cord injury. The 11-year-old twins decided that instead of asking for presents for their birthday, they would ask for donations to benefit the Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Injury Program….
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Horseback riding accident leaves competitor with spinal cord injury

Dr. Alice Gale has always been active. Last year, if she wasn’t at her dermatology practice, she was outside running, riding her bike or maybe at the gym. For as long as she can remember, she’s ridden horses, and for the past 20 years, she’s jumped horses competitively. Last February, Alice was in Florida for…
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“I have my freedom.”

“I would not be walking today had it not been for Mary Free Bed,” says patient Mary Fran Menge of L’Anse, Mich. In 2009, Mary was in an automobile accident that left her with a severe spinal cord injury. With the help of robotic-assisted therapy and a lot of determination, Mary is now able to…
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