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Chronic Pain

When your child suffers from pain that interferes with day-to-day activities, that’s tough. We’re not talking about the kind of pain that occurs with a fall from the swings or a broken arm. Persistent, chronic pain affects your child’s quality of life. We know it affects you, too. Research shows about 30% of children and…


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Sales from Grand Rapids photographer’s new book to benefit Mary Free Bed Kids

Brian Kelly Photography Grand Rapids

Brian Kelly’s new passion project exemplifying his love for the city of Grand Rapids will help two local organizations near and dear to his heart.  The popular Grand Rapids photographer is publishing a book of aerial photographs offering a unique perspective of the city. “AERIAL: Grand Rapids from Above” is a 100-page coffee table book…


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Send a letter or draw a picture to help us spread hope and happiness to Mary Free Bed patients

SAR patient and nurse

Patients recovering from disabling illnesses and injuries at Mary Free Bed need encouragement now more than ever. Support is an important part of rehabilitation, so Mary Free Bed’s team of recreational therapists wants to share a little love with the community’s help. “We’re seeking ways to brighten our patients’ spirits and spread joy,” said recreational…


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Halloween Heroes celebrate in style

Kids love Halloween, and volunteers from the community and Mary Free Bed made sure 35 current and former patients were able to celebrate in a special way. The fourth annual Halloween Heroes Parade marched around Mary Free Bed and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital on Oct. 26, with the Forest Hills Central Marching Band leading…


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Heroes Bash a party of galactic proportions for Mary Free Bed Kids graduates

  The Force is strong in the Mary Free Bed family. The mysterious energy field in the fictional “Star Wars” universe provides extraordinary abilities to those who possess it, binding the galaxy together. The magical power of the Force bears similarities to Mary Free Bed’s unique culture and the special bond between caregivers and patients….


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UPDATE: Julie Scheving celebrates milestones after surviving massive stroke

Updated April 18, 2019 On an April day 10 years ago, Julie Scheving’s life changed. The former Holland resident experienced a massive stroke that limited her ability to talk and move. But when she began her rehabilitation journey at Mary Free Bed, Julie took steps to get her life back. And she’s done just that….


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UPDATE: Lauren, 21, recovers from stroke with help from Mary Free Bed

Lauren Ziegler and team at Mary Free Bed

Updated October 22, 2019 Lauren Ziegler achieved her goal of running a half-marathon on October 20. She finished the half-marathon at the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon five minutes faster than she had planned. She also plans to continue running and run in more races in the future. Updated April 9, 2019 Lauren Ziegler is…


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