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Campers enjoy Junior Wheelchair Sports Field Day

Kids playing at Jr. Wheelchair Sports Field Day

Twenty-five campers are having a ball this week at Junior Wheelchair Sports Field Day, a smaller version of Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports’ annual weeklong camp for kids with disabilities. That event, held the past 35 years, was canceled for safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was very important to us…

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Mary Free Bed psychologist publishes book to help manage chronic pain

Dr. Evan Parks - Book Photo

Dr. Evan Parks can now add “book author” to his list of contributions to help people understand and manage their pain. After its July 28 release, “Chronic Pain Rehabilitation: Active Pain Management that Helps You Get Back to the Life You Love” rose to the top of the self-help and stress management categories on Amazon….

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ShenaLi continues progress after surgery with Virtual Services therapy sessions

ShenaLi who has cerebral palsy, rides her bike

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began early last spring, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has taken measures to protect the health and safety of patients, employees and the community. Those measures include offering Virtual Services to help adults and children maintain their therapy progress in the comfort and safety of home, like ShenaLi Chien. The 12-year-old…

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Mary Free Bed’s Research team creates care packages to alleviate pandemic’s effect on people with spinal cord injuries

Neilsen gift box photo for spinal cord injury patients

Mary Free Bed is helping to relieve the stress faced by current and former patients with spinal cord injuries during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $10,000 emergency support grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Using these funds, the hospital’s John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation created care packages for 40 members…

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Mary Free Bed alum Mike Ballard sets sights on 2021 Paralympics

Mike Ballard and team at Mary Free Bed

Mike Ballard was living the dream in 2014. The Gladwin, Michigan native had moved to the luxurious city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for a teaching job and played club rugby for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins. The Harlequins made it to the finals of the West Asia Cup, an accomplishment that alone…

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The beat goes on for The Ghost Inside drummer seriously injured in 2015 crash

Andrew Tkaczyk Ghost Inside Drummer

When Andrew Tkaczyk wrote a guest blog in 2016 about his recovery after a devastating traffic crash, the drummer for The Ghost Inside was very clear. “I have no doubt I’ll get back to doing what I love,” he wrote. “That’s still a while away, but I’m very confident it will happen. Very confident.” It’s…

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Mitch Albom embraces Mary Free Bed Kids staff for care of young family friend

The Kelly family with Mitch Albom

Bestselling author, longtime Detroit Free Press columnist and philanthropist Mitch Albom sent a “long-distance hug” to Mary Free Bed employees for taking care of someone special to him and for doing “really important, amazing work.” Albom shared his sentiments in a video message for helping a young girl during her recent inpatient stay. Albom is…

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Rockford class shares final art project with Mary Free Bed

Protector by Kendall Reister

Students in Barb Kent’s Advanced 2D Art class at Rockford High School turned their final project of the school year into one they wanted to share with Mary Free Bed staff and patients. “Postcards from a Time We Will Never Forget” features more than 30 mixed media postcards with uplifting themes and messages of support for essential workers. “We hope these show support…

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Mary Free Bed outpatient locations reopen for rehabilitation care

outpatient locations opening

WELCOME BACK! We’re excited to be able to serve you in person again, and we’re making it safe and easy to get the care you need at a number of convenient locations. Would you rather receive virtual services from home? We can do that, too! In-Person Visits You can feel confident coming to see us….

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