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Taking on tennis after a 20-year break

As a teenager, Steve Draft-Peppin played wheelchair tennis at Riverview Athletic Club in Grand Rapids. And he was pretty good, finishing at or near the top in his singles and doubles divisions in 1992. But a few years later, Steve left wheelchair tennis behind in favor of other pursuits. Then there was college and career…
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In sickness and in health: Mary Free Bed alums celebrate 50th anniversary

John and Linda Pincumbe plan to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in a big way this summer. The event will be quite a milestone, considering that an October 2013 car crash nearly killed them both. After the accident, the Pincumbes spent 9 months in hospitals and rehabilitation centers before returning home to Schoolcraft last summer….
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Drivers with physical challenges remaining behind the wheel

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed offers patients the opportunity to safely return to the driver’s seat. Learn more about Driver Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed by reading the story — published Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Grand Rapids Press — below. [Click the image for a larger view, or click to…
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General Motors donates SUV to Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

Guest blog by Sparrow Hospital Communications Staff Patients at the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit will now be able to practice getting in and out of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) donated by General Motors and time and supplies given by mid-Michigan businesses. “We are thrilled to be able to donate a Lansing-built Chevrolet…
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One-year-old girl defies the odds in outpatient therapy

At Mary Free Bed, we’re daily witnesses to our patients’ determination, grit and strength. This is particularly true of our youngest (and most vulnerable) patients. Aubry Maronek, who recently celebrated her first birthday, embodies this spirit of hope and resolve. After being diagnosed with hemimegalencephaly — a rare neurological condition in which one half of the brain is…
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People + technology = a winning combo for patient with spinal cord injury [Video]

Dean McClellan, a patient of the Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Injury Program, has made great strides in his journey to once again walk. Leading-edge technology — like the LokomatPro and ZeroG — plays an important role in physical rehabilitation. But the human factor is just as crucial for a meaningful recovery. The videos below demonstrate…
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Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation

The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy Center and clinic programs create a path for cancer survivors to manage the physical, cognitive and emotional impairments related to the impact of cancer and its treatments. Our outpatient services are available after your graduation from our inpatient program or as a new patient to Mary Free…
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