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Gardening-as-therapy helps Betty bloom

Betty Wustman loves tending to the flowers at her Byron Center home … bountiful roses and hydrangeas, beautiful flowering baskets and beds, and a house full of African violets. “I love, love, love flowers,” said Betty, 74, who came to Mary Free Bed after being diagnosed with polymyositis, an uncommon condition that causes muscle weakness….
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Mary’s Therapy Playground provides a fun, healing space for youngest patients

A playground is a happy place where children can explore, learn and grow. At Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, it’s also a haven for healing, hope and freedom. Mary’s Therapy Playground is a joyful new space where the hospital’s youngest patients can work on their rehabilitation goals in a safe, secure and accessible environment. The…
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Help Kids Thrive – Tickets on sale for 2018 Mary Free Bed Foundation Gala

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Mary Free Bed Foundation Gala, titled “Thrive,” is Saturday, Nov. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Proceeds will support Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital pediatric programs with a focus on autism, cerebral palsy and chronic pain. It’s your chance to help kids and their families enjoy better futures. The…
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Brooklyn raises money for Mary Free Bed to honor her grandma

Brooklyn Hammer is just 8 years old, but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. “She’s going to either U of M, MSU or GVSU to become a physical therapist,” said her mother, Sarah. While that may seem like a lofty goal for a second-grader, Brooklyn’s familiar with the field….
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Mary Free Bed Foundation receives Excellence in Fundraising Award

The Mary Free Bed Foundation has been honored with the 2017 Excellence in Fundraising Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter. The award was presented today at the chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. National Philanthropy Day, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, recognizes the impact…
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Legacy lives on in artwork donated to Mary Free Bed

Pat Seanor met Larry O’Toole in 1969, when they were students at Grand Rapids Junior College. The young, aspiring artists struck up a friendship that continued until Larry’s death in 1986 following a lifelong struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. Larry was just 34 when he died, but his legacy is preserved in his large scope of…
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Gerber Foundation board members visit outpatient pediatric gym

Members of the Gerber Foundation Board of Trustees visited Mary Free Bed for a first-hand look at its new and renovated facilities, including the Pediatric Therapy Gym, where a plaque is displayed in recognition of the foundation’s generous $250,000 gift to the “Join the Movement” capital campaign. “We have the great fortune as a foundation…
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Therapeutic Healing Gardens a powerful union of nature, science

Therapeutic garden spaces will nurture an atmosphere of maximum healing in body, mind and spirit on Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Grand Rapids campus. The Mary Free Bed Foundation’s Therapeutic Healing Gardens project includes six separate gardens around campus that will greet visitors and provide healing spaces for patients. “A garden is more than just…
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Couple’s generosity helps patients achieve independence

Steele and Mary Taylor are long-time advocates of Mary Free Bed and have made substantial contributions over the years that have helped thousands of patients achieve independence. Steele served as a member of the first community Mary Free Bed Board of Trustees when it was formed in 1965 and led fundraising efforts for construction of…
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Craig Ferguson headlines Mary Free Bed ‘ReHA!bilitation Gala’

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Mary Free Bed Foundation is celebrating 125 years of Mary on Nov. 5 at the ReHA!bilitation Gala at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids featuring special guest Craig Ferguson. Tickets are on sale now. Ferguson, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, boasts a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film,…
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