Partnership to rehab cancer survivors

Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The number of cancer survivors is on the rise, and programs to help them live each day to the fullest are more important than ever.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital leads the way in those programs, including the Betty Bloomer-Ford Cancer Rehabilitation program. Medical Director Dr. Chris Vandenberg says rehabilitation help individuals live successfully and improve their quality of life after cancer.

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Mary Free Bed takes rehabilitation one step further with the inclusive Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids. The facility is the first in the world to receive the Universal Design Award from Syracuse University, which means it is accessible to people of all abilities. There are no stairs except an emergency exit, and no transition strips between flooring. It offers classes for all abilities including adjustments for people with visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, or injury.

Mary Free Bed is partnering with Rick Vuyst, CEO of Flowerland, for some exciting upcoming opportunities:

Cancer Survivors Prevention & Healing Event with Jenny Peterson

Thursday, April 28, 2 – 5 p.m.

Yoga, book signing, snacks, shopping, and more!

Mary Free Bed YMCA

Free – please register to attend

Find a link under “events” at

Prevention and Healing Open House

Friday, April 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

Yoga, snacks, tree giveaways, register online for chance to win a grill


4321 28th St. SE


Free – please register to attend

Find a link under “events” at

Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Conference

Friday, May 6, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pre-conference reception Thursday, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost $100 – $200

MSU College of Human Medicine, Secchia Conference Center – Grand Rapids

To register, go to “events” at

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