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Story Matters: Dave and Lori Hastings explain caregiving, helping others

Submitted 08-21-2014 under NONPROFITS

Dave Hastings is the caregiver for his wife Lori Hastings, who has muscular distrophy. They're now helping families with children with disabilities.

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Story Matters: Trudy Brenner knows son can do what he sets his mind to do

Submitted 08-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Trudy Brenner says the worst thing people say about her son Joe Brenner is "he can't do it." She explains in this video that he has proven that wrong time and time again.

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Story Matters: Chris Smit advises persons with new disabilities to reach out

Submitted 08-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Chris Smit, professor at Calvin College, likens becoming a person with a disability to being a traveler. Here he gives advice to those struggling with new disabilities and encourages them to keep fighting.

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Story Matters: Grant Barker finds community at Disability Advocates event

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

Grant Barker talks about assumptions made about him as a person who looks able-bodied, what it's like to be newly disabled and how he fights through the struggles and connects with others with disabilities.

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Story Matters: Robin Snyder appreciates accessibility in Grand Rapids

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

Robin Snyder values accessible transportation for people with disabilities, and explains the importance to the economy and the community when cities are made accessible.

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West Michigan nonprofits join forces to send teams on 300-mile bicycle ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago

Submitted 08-11-2014 under NONPROFITS

Six local nonprofits will host a collaborative fundraising party from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 in advance of the first-ever Climate Ride Midwest

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Story Matters: Liz Ashburn recommends public transportation

Submitted 08-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

Liz Ashburn learned at school how to use the local bus system. Now she uses it to go everywhere she needs to go- and encourages the rest of the community to do the same.

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Story Matters: Andy Springsteen thankful for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Submitted 08-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

Andy Springsteen is currently living at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans while he is treated for depression, PTSD, and anger management after serving in the Navy and the Navy Reserves for a total of 16 years.

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Story Matters: Cathy Ling doesn't let learning, physical disabilities stop her from achieving her goals

Submitted 08-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

When Cathy Ling was born, her doctor told her parents it'd be best for everyone if she was institutionalized.

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Story Matters: Kevin Holt retells events of his stroke, work to recover

Submitted 08-07-2014 under NONPROFITS

Kevin Holt woke up one morning in the middle of experiencing a stroke. After endless hours alone in his apartment, he was rushed to the hospital. After awaking, he discovered his mobility, speech and communication was gone. Here he talks about his journey of recovery.

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