GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Bike rides are a summer staple, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital wants to ensure everyone can join in the fun. The 24th annual Bikes for the Rest of Us, held April 27, will help to make that possible.
Eighty-five participants at the event were paired with therapists who assisted in matching their physical needs with the most appropriate cycling equipment. Whether the children or adults sustained a life-altering injury or illness, or were born with a disability, the event made it easy for families to try multiple bikes and find the best fit.
“She has regular bikes that she has been unable to ride at home, so this adaptive bike is going to give her a lot of freedom that she has never had before,” said Cynthia Pratt about her daughter, Violet, who participated in the event.
More than 70 volunteers, including Mary Free Bed therapists, nurses and staff, helped facilitate the event, which is sponsored by the Mary Free Bed Guild. The event highlighted a variety of special cycling equipment demonstrated by local and regional bike shops, medical equipment suppliers and manufacturers.
“We’re here to support (the participants) and help offset their cost through the generosity of our guild for a bike that’s adapted just for them,” said Maria Besta, manager of Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program.
Watch the video below to hear from participants and volunteers about this popular event.
About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.