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Marie Havenga

Marie Havenga is a veteran journalist of more than 30 years. The Grand Rapids native launched her journalism career at age 15, writing for WorkWeek, a weekly business magazine. She joined the Grand Haven Tribune staff as a columnist and reporter in 2003, after writing for the Grand Rapids Press for more than two decades. A boating and water enthusiast, she lives on the shores of Spring Lake. Havenga has published an environmental children's book and her writing has been featured in several national publications.

Marie Havenga

Posts from Marie Havenga

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‘I thought someone shot me’

Sheriff's detective Marcus Glover thought he'd been hit by a bullet. The culprit? A ruptured Achilles tendon. After a new type of surgery, he's back on the beat.

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‘You’ve given her a new life’

Shoulder pain haunted 84-year-old Julie Meiste every moment of every day. After shoulder replacement surgery, she looks forward to living pain-free.

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‘I would not put limits on him’

There are many things medical experts thought Everett Oostveen would never do. This spunky 3-year-old is defying all odds.

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‘I feel energized’

Not long ago, teenager Madisyn Dame would have been too young for hip surgery. Medical advancements have allowed her to undergo two of them—with incredible results.

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‘Watching her grow’

Alison Mastin's blood attacked her unborn baby in utero. With quick intervention, little Violet survived—and thrived.

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‘A 5 percent chance of living’

After battling back from a devastating brain injury suffered in a car crash, this young man walks side-by-side with his mom as he stakes claim to a new life.

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‘He got all the cancer out of me’

The average age for pancreatic cancer diagnosis is 71. John Morris hit it on the nail. But now, he's defying the odds.

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‘The future is bright’

Hope Looyenga plans for a bright, cancer-free future.

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‘We’re carrying on Eric’s legacy’

He died of a rare bone cancer in 2016, but continues to make a difference through a tissue donation that is helping researchers battle osteosarcoma.

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The magical music of Matthew

Born blind, a 14-year-old boy has become a virtuoso who sees colors within the most intricate sounds of music.

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‘Heading south quickly’

David Stults developed popcorn lung after exposure to dangerous food chemicals. He's now hitting the school circuit to teach students the dangers of vaping similar substances.

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‘You’re having a stroke’

Hockey player and taxidermist Chad Kious envisions his return to the ice after having a unique surgery to remove the blood clot in his brain.

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