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Fifth Third Bank joins Foundation’s Community Partnership Program

When selecting organizations to support in the communities it serves, Fifth Third Bank looks for those that may help its own employees and customers. Its mission to strengthen families and build strong communities complements Mary Free Bed’s mission to restore hope and freedom through rehabilitation so people can achieve their highest level of independence. That’s…
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Faith, hope fuel ‘Miracle Malachi’s’ recovery from traumatic brain injury

Malachi Griffin was helping his uncle move from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Tennessee, when his life changed forever. On Dec. 8, halfway through their 15-hour trip, Malachi lost control of the truck he was driving and rolled nine times into oncoming traffic. He was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with life-threatening injuries, including…
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‘Limit’ not in amputee Nathan Wolford’s vocabulary

During one of his first physical therapy sessions as an inpatient at Mary Free Bed, Nathan Wolford was tossing a weighted ball back and forth with his physical therapist. “That’s the day I first realized it was going to be OK,” said Nathan, 20, whose legs were amputated above the knee after a car crashed…
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Mary Free Bed Guild awards scholarships to ‘inspiring and dedicated’ students

Twenty-one outstanding college students have been recognized for their academic achievements with scholarships awarded by the Mary Free Bed Guild. The Guild has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships since it established the Minority Scholarship Program in 2006 and the Disability Scholarship Program in 2013. This year, the guild accepted applications from throughout Michigan to…
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Debbie credits Weight Management Program with new confidence, well-being

When Debbie Erickson’s physician told her she was pre-diabetic, she knew it was time to do something and joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program. Not only did she lose weight, Debbie no longer was pre-diabetic. She gained self-confidence and belief in her ability to maintain her weight loss. Debbie shares her experience here:…
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Five reasons you should add asparagus to your plate

From our experts: Jessi Holden, MS, RDN, CSOWM is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. In this blog, she shares how healthy food choices contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Well, Michiganders, we made it! Spring is here, and that means fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the first veggies of the season, nutrient-packed asparagus,…
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Evelyn thrives in face of rare diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta

Evelyn Franchetti is a typical 3½-year-old. She loves singing and dancing, princesses and puppies. When she arrives at preschool, Evelyn looks around the classroom and declares “These are my friends!” before scampering off to play, protected by her bright red walker. The happy-go-lucky little girl doesn’t need the device to help her walk. It’s a…
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