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Larry’s determination shows after year-long fight to recover from Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Larry Rodabaugh at therapy

Larry Rodabaugh was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in January 2020. Within three days from the onset of initial symptoms, the then 56-year-old Vassar, Michigan resident went into total respiratory failure. However, due to his efforts and determination combined with the skill and care of the staff at Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare, Larry’s rehabilitation…


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Practice gratitude for your body, and see what it can do!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. At the beginning of each year, we focus on setting new goals or practicing new healthy behaviors. One thing we may not think a lot about is practicing gratitude. Research shows that those who practice gratitude are thriving psychologically, spiritually, physically and…


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Weight Management Program teaches Rachel lifelong lessons: ‘It’s a chance for real growth and change’ 

Rachel Webster before and after

Rachel Webster joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, because she wanted to improve her lifestyle and overcome fears about her weight. Since completing the 20-week Foundation program, Rachel said she’s learned some lifelong lessons and lost 25 pounds along the way.  What are some of the most helpful things you learned?  There’s no…


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Focus on building healthy lifestyle habits that last

Jessi Holden - Healthy Lifestyle Habits

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. The new year is approaching, and we’re all feeling excitement for a fresh start. It’s understandable to reflect on how we spent our time this year. Many of us were at home due to unexpected circumstances, and guess what? Home is where…


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Kyle’s love for Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports moves donors to raise $300,000

Kyle Friar - Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports

The COVID-19 pandemic did little to deter supporters of Mary Free Bed from celebrating its mission to restore hope and freedom. While “Thrive,” the Foundation’s annual gala, looked a little different this year, the result was the same. Instead of one large event attended by hundreds of people, the Foundation offered opportunities for sponsors to…


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Brooklyn raises money for Mary Free Bed a second time

Brooklyn Hammer giving tuesday

UPDATE: She did it again! Brooklyn Hammer, now a fifth grader, visited Mary Free Bed on Giving Tuesday this week with another generous donation – $611 – for the Mary Free Bed Foundation. Since she last visited in 2018, Brooklyn’s family once again has experienced rehabilitation through Mary Free Bed. Her 14-year-old cousin was admitted…


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Add these healthy recipes to your holiday feast

Grilled Polenta Flats with Roasted Pepper Topping

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed.  The holiday season is upon us, and that means celebratory meals filled with traditional dishes. It’s always fun to try something new, though! These three recipes have become favorites in my home, and if you need vegan- or diabetic-friendly ideas or gluten-free…


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After car crash, quick access to rehabilitation improved Kim’s recovery

Kim Laskus at Repiratory and Ventilator Rehabilitation

For Kim Laskus, “life was great, life was wonderful, I had no complaints.” Then the 60-year-old Grand Rapids woman was involved in a car crash “and everything changed.” Kim was driving to work on Feb. 19 when the crash occurred. She sustained serious injuries, including a broken neck, hip and femur. Laskus was taken to…


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