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RapidChat: Amy Acton on being a burn survivor, the importance of peer support, and more

At the age of 18, Amy Acton suffered from an electrical burn. She reveals that "I often found myself wondering why this happened, why I survived and the other person didn’t, and how I could help prevent something like this from ever happening again." Now, serving as Executive Director of Phoenix Society for Burn Victims, Amy uses her experience as inspiration — highlighting the importance of peer support in every burn survivor's recovery process.

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RapidChat: Patty McCormick on providing a home away from home at the RMHWM

As the medical and mental health facilities in Grand Rapids grow in reputation and in specialties offered, so does the need for lodging of patients and their families. "These families are facing unimaginable stress and it's our mission to provide them a “home-away-from-home” at no cost," stresses Patty McCormick, Development Director of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.  

Clinicians work on a patient at Cherry Health.

One million Michiganders have little or no dental care access. Here's how we can change that.

A variety of organizations across the state are working to connect people  to oral care they otherwise might never get, and they're innovating to continue improving oral health access in the future.

Luis Avila

Rapid Blog: Luis Avila explores Hispanic philanthropy in West Michigan

In this Rapid Blog, Attorney Luis Avila explores the Hispanic community's vital and diverse approach to philanthropic giving.

Lauren Rahman Thompson

RapidChat: Lauren Rahman Thompson on World Refugee Day, Treetops Collective, and more.

"It’s easy to forget 'refugee' is only a status, not an identity," states Lauren Rahman Thompson, Director of Operations at Treetops Collective. It's time to be more aware, get educated, and take action beyond World Refugee Day on June 20th.
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