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New Adaptive Cheerleading Team breaks barriers, builds friendships

The Mary Free Bed All Stars Adaptive Cheerleading team boasts enthusiasm and spirit to spare. The newest team organized by Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports is made up of enthusiastic young athletes with physical or cognitive impairments that prevent participation in able-bodied cheer. “A cheerleading team was a missing piece of our program, and it has…
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Weight Management grads share stories of weight loss success

Expert guest blog: Jessi Boehme, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Following is a Q&A with graduates of the Mary Free Bed Weight Management program. The Centers for Disease Control report 70 percent of adults ages 20 and older are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight can put a person at increased…
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Mary Free Bed Invitational draws 100 National Wheelchair Basketball Association athletes

Grand Rapids, Mich. – More than 100 wheelchair basketball athletes from across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario, Canada will compete Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Mary Free Bed Invitational. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament will be held at the universally designed Mary Free Bed YMCA, which is marking its…
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Mary Free Bed Medical Group welcomes pediatric physiatrist, pain specialist, physician’s assistant to team

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Voss, a specialist in pediatric rehabilitation; Dr. Rebekah Rajlich, a family medicine physician who specializes in pain management; and Doris Jacobs, a physician’s assistant, have joined its comprehensive team of experts. Dr. Voss came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation…
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Parade a tricked-out Halloween treat for pediatric patients

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital teamed with Grand Valley State University engineering students, Owen-Ames-Kimball commercial construction company, the Grand Rapids Police Department, various community volunteers and Grand Rapids parents Chris and Jane Weatherford to make magnificent memories this Halloween for young patients in wheelchairs. Over the years, Chris and Jane have transformed their 9-year-old son…
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Nurses devoted to rehabilitation form West Michigan ARN chapter

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The West Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is celebrating the launch of its new chapter with a kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The chapter, one of 48 nationwide and the only one in West Michigan, joins the professional healthcare association dedicated to promoting and…
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‘I have never underestimated my father or anybody else with a disability’

Guest blog: Nicholas Besta, 17, and his family know first-hand what living with a disability is like. That’s why they participate in Mary Free Bed’s peer support mentoring program, which is designed to give patients and their families access to people with injuries similar to their own. Nicholas, whose father, Pat, has used a wheelchair…
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