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Sue Thoms
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Marvin Vandermolen is the first in Michigan to receive a "heart-in-a-box" transplant. 
“I don’t know what to say beyond thank you,” said Marvin Vandermolen, humbled by the gift of life. “I’ve thought about that a lot. What can you say?”
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Little Wester was born without a pulmonary artery and other congenital heart defects. Thanks to a rare procedure, he is now living a full, action-packed life of a 3-year-old.
Wester, a 3-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic, had no left lung artery—until he came to West Michigan for surgery.
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It's great to see how this intensive therapy program helps one woman go big. And loud. 
A woman with Parkinson’s raises her voice―and bowling average―with help from the Big and Loud therapy program.
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Weekend warriors: Tips to stay injury free.
Sports medicine experts advise weekend warriors how to have fun and reduce risk of injury.
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Little Diraj has captured a lot of hearts here.
A toddler from Guyana travels 3,000 miles for a life-changing operation.
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'I’m different and I’m OK with that. I know that I’m pretty.'
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Thanking veterans for their service is the cornerstone of this program for vets in the hospital. 
Danielle Montag leads an effort to greet, thank and provide extra help for patients who served in the military.
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A teen's life changes dramatically when a friend volunteers to donate a kidney.
A teen’s need for a kidney transplant inspires a flood of volunteer donors.
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Kids will get much cooler band-aids at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, thanks to this generous and creative family.
To celebrate Cambri Jewell’s last day of chemo, her family donated a treasure trove of kid-friendly bandages.
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Could vegetarian diets alter DNA, raise disease risk? An expert explains the population genetics behind an intriguing study. http://bit.ly/1Q4qmHj
An expert explains the population genetics behind an intriguing study.
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The full life of a 5-year-old cancer warrior: So heartwarming to see Maddie in action. 
Madison Pagel’s brain tumor nearly took her life—until a clinical trial gave her a second chance and a whole lot of hope.
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MSU's Matt Costello has a big impact off the court in the life of a 12-year-old boy battling cancer. He and MacKale McGuire have forged a unique friendship. And even as a Wolverine, I'll be rooting for Costello today. 
A friendship with Spartan basketball star Matt Costello lifts a 12-year-old boy’s spirits as he battles bone cancer.
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I am a reporter for the MLive Media Group working from the Grand Rapids hub. My stories can be found on MLive.com. I also am the author of three picture books for children.
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