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Halloween for the Rest of Us costume parade a treat for kids who use wheelchairs

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital once again is teaming with community volunteers to make Halloween a little more magical for kids who use wheelchairs. Costume construction is nearly complete for more than a dozen current and former Mary Free Bed patients, who will get to show off their awesome creations in the Halloween for the…
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Tony-winner Ben Vereen set to ‘bring the joy’ to Mary Free Bed Gala

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ben Vereen is a legendary singer, dancer and actor known for his razzle-dazzle smile and bigger-than-life personality. But when he visits Grand Rapids in November, his appearance will be less about entertaining and more about spreading a message of hope. Vereen is the special guest at the fourth annual Mary Free…
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East Michigan resident chooses Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after double amputation

UPDATE: Since Ken graduated from the inpatient Amputee Program, he’s returned to Mary Free Bed for outpatient therapy. His rehabilitation includes recreational therapy, which caters to each patient’s interests to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being, and to get them back to doing what they love. In Ken’s case, that’s being outside. Rachel Morse,…
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Meet Vandy, Mary Free Bed’s animal-assisted therapy dog

Important new member of Rec Therapy team helps patients on road to recovery GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a (furry) new family member. Vandy is a 2½-year-old black Labrador retriever who works on Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team. The sweet-natured pup helps patients meet rehabilitation goals that restore independence….
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Pitcher Bryce Baker credits Pain Center with restoring hope

UPDATE: Bryce Baker is continuing to pursue his dream of playing baseball professionally, and he credits Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center with providing him with the tools to do it. Bryce recently paid a visit to the Pain Center to see his team and to share that he’s off all pain medication. In the video…
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Paralympians among elite athletes set to compete in River Bank Run

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Three-time Paralympian and World Champion Oksana Masters (top image) and three-time Paralympian Aaron Pike (bottom image) will return to Grand Rapids this week to defend their titles in the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Masters will race in the women’s handcycle division and Pike in the wheelchair racing division. The elite…
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Bikes for the Rest of Us draws dozens of participants, volunteers

More than 75 children and adults with physical disabilities were introduced to adaptive bicycling during Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s annual Bikes for the Rest of Us event on Saturday. Each participant was paired with a therapist to determine the necessary adaptations that will enable them to pedal alongside their able-bodied friends. “This event helps…
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