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My Disability Helps Motivate Me!

Oksana Parmenter was eight years old before she realized that people in wheelchairs could do more than simply sit around and watch the world go by. Born with spina bifida and raised in a Lithuanian orphanage, Oksana was told she’d never play basketball or swim in a pool. But then Jan and Bill Parmenter adopted…
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Top wheelchair tennis players in Grand Rapids tourney

The Midwest Wheelchair Outdoor Championships, which takes place July 10-13 at MVP Athletic Club- Crahen, has attracted the top wheelchair tennis players in the U.S. and other highly ranked players from Japan, France and Canada. Hosted by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program, the tournament is expected to attract about 70…
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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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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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