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Alyssa Allen

Alyssa Allen has worked in the communications industry for 20 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and then moving into marketing and public relations. Now, as a writer and editor, she loves to tell stories about interesting people and ideas. You might spot her around Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. They are hard to miss since they all have red hair. When she’s not keeping up with her kids, she enjoys reading, walking around her neighborhood and exploring West Michigan.

Alyssa Allen

Posts from Alyssa Allen

Patient Story

Three hearts beat as one

Heartbeat recording creates keepsake for cancer patient and her family.

Patient Story

Super nurses for superhero kids

School children get a boost of caring through unique partnership.

Patient Story

Breast cancer survivor: Be your best advocate

Community members gather for the fifth annual Candid Conversations event, where Emmy Rickert urges, "Love life ... choose joy."

Too sore after a workout?

Know the signs of rhabdomyolysis and get to the ER if you have them.

Patient Story

Butterflies soar for ArtPrize

Project brings hope and healing to cancer patients.

Sweet or tart, cherries are the bomb

A dietitian shares 6 surprising health reasons why you should eat this magical fruit.

Patient Story

Breastfeeding woes? Time to chat—by video

A video chat with a lactation counselor helps new moms work through troubles they may be experiencing at home.

Patient Story

Bringing out the inner beauty

Amid the exhausting battles, cancer patients enjoy a welcome pause to find transformation and courage in henna tattoo crowns.

Got the latest baby gadget? Follow the rules

A child safety expert says it's critical to respect the guidelines.

There’s hope in the fight

A pediatric gastroenterologist offers 4 top tips to help your youngster in the battle against inflammatory bowel disease.

The fidget spinner craze: Two doctors weigh in

Kids with ADHD might benefit, but for most it's just a toy.

Patient Story

In the club

A special team at a children's hospital harnesses joy and creativity to keep young patients on track with school work.

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