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World champion to compete in Amway River Bank Run wheelchair race

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The winner of the 2019 London Marathon men’s wheelchair race will be among an elite group of athletes competing Saturday in the Amway River Bank Run. Daniel Romanchuk, 20, looks to continue his remarkable year in this one-of-a-kind race after sealing major marathon victories not only in London, but Chicago, New…
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Kids, adults take adaptive wheels for a spin at Bikes for the Rest of Us

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…
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Mary Free Bed handcyclist Matthew Chaffee to compete in Boston Marathon

When Matthew Chaffee was introduced to the world of adaptive sports, it changed the way he views his disability. “I learned to be more independent,” said Matthew, who was paralyzed in a 2014 motorcycle crash. “I’ve met people with all types of disabilities, and everyone has their own way of doing things. The more I…
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Paralympians lead charge in River Bank Run handcycle, wheelchair divisions

Two Paralympians are among the elite athletes to compete in the 41st annual River Bank Run on Saturday in downtown Grand Rapids. Aaron Pike and Tom Davis will hit speeds of more than 18 mph, making the wheelchair and handcycle divisions two of the event’s most exciting races. Davis, who represented Team USA in the…
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Grand Rapids Thunder captures first national championship

The Grand Rapids Thunder rumbled into Phoenix for the United States Quad Rugby Association national tournament and emerged with the 2018 Division II championship. It’s the first national title for Mary Free Bed’s quad rugby wheelchair team. The No. 2-seeded Thunder defeated the top-seeded Northridge Knights of California, 58-52, in the wheelchair rugby tournament April…
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Junior Pacers clinch 2018 NIT Championship at National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

The Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers once again captured a national championship at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, and coach Lee Montgomery couldn’t be more proud. “We had some ups and downs throughout the tournament, but these kids never gave up,” Montgomery said. “They never gave up.” The Junior Pacers –…
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Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports motivates 10-year-old Ginessa to compete

Ginessa Aguirre is a spunky 10-year-old with a long brown ponytail who likes making slime, watching YouTube and cuddling with her cat, Smokey. She also likes cooking and baking with her mom, Nora. But what Ginessa likes most is playing basketball. “I like to steal the ball,” she said. See? Spunky. Ginessa plays for the…
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation gives $10,000 to Mary Free Bed

Grant adds bike to fleet, creates state’s only off-road adaptive handcycle program GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help people with disabilities go places that, until now, have been inaccessible. The grant was used to purchase an…
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2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships attract top players

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Top-ranked wheelchair tennis players from around the world will compete July 7-9 in the 2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Grand Rapids. The outdoor tournament, an International Tennis Federation 3/United States Tennis Association Category II event, is presented by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program. More than…
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