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Four courtesies to extend to wheelchair users in winter

Navigating a wheelchair in the snow can be a challenge. Below are four ways able-bodied people can be good neighbors during the winter months. If there’s a van-accessible handicapped-parking spot, leave it for a van that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Be sure not to crowd the van on the passenger side, which is where…
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Winter and wheelchairs: A tricky combination

Kelly Merz remembers all too well her first solo attempt at getting to work in the snow while using a wheelchair. When she opened the door of her apartment to venture toward the garage, a gust of wind picked up the stack of papers on her lap. So she wheeled over to the papers, maneuvered…
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25K wheelchair division marks 25 years

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – For the 25th consecutive year, the Mary Free Bed Guild is sponsoring the 25K Wheelchair Division of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. To acknowledge and honor this milestone, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is reflecting on the past…
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Hip ski flick fronts fundraiser to encourage helmet use

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – A highly acclaimed ski movie will be featured at Wealthy Theatre as part of a fundraiser that also will include a silent auction, raffle, discounted lift tickets and a give-away of winter sports helmets. Sherpa Cinema’s feature film “Into…
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Doubles tennis tourney fundraiser this weekend

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grandville, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s 10th Annual Adult Charity Tennis Tournament takes place this weekend, January 4-5, at Ramblewood Tennis & Health Club in Grandville. More than 50 players, both able-bodied and in wheelchairs, will participate in the doubles tourney,…
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Third time’s the charm for Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds is pleased to be a “repeat customer” at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. “I requested to come back here because it feels safe. I trust everyone here,” says Megan, who is 27 and lives in Hudsonville. Last week, as she wrapped up her third stay as an inpatient, Megan spoke fondly of the…
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Jennifer Crowell – A Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Story Part 2

Jennifer Crowell, Mary Free Bed graduate, decided that her accident wasn’t the end. In fact, it was the beginning of her decision to inspire and encourage others in similar situations. Listen as Shelley Mishler, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Guild President, shares Jennifer’s story of hope and determination.