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Spectrum Health adult bone marrow transplant program offers treatment closer to home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- West Michigan adults who need a blood or marrow transplant (BMT) to help them in their fight against cancer can now receive treatment closer to home.

The new Spectrum Health adult BMT program began performing transplants on February 25, 2013. The third BMT patient, Kevin VanZanten, 34, of Allendale, received his transplant on April 3. Spectrum Health anticipates performing up to 50 adult transplants in the next year.

VanZanten shared his thoughts about his upcoming procedure in a Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a.m.

There are four adult BMT programs in Michigan. Spectrum Health offers the only adult BMT program in the western half of the state.

Grand Rapids Triathlon 2013

Grand Rapids Triathlon 2013

Now is the time to register for the Grand Rapids Triathlon 2013. By registering before March 31st, you can save money. The race, (Sprint, Olympic and ½ Iron Combined) scheduled for June 9th, will be limited to 1500 participants.

Military troops, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS will be given a 10% discount with valid ID. Just enter ‘SERVICE2013’ during checkout and bring your valid ID with you when you pick up your race packet.

All proceeds from this race to benefit "Kid's Food Basket."

Additional information can be obtained at ann@tris4health.com

Cast Your Thursday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Thursday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.

Cast Your Tuesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Tuesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Thursday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Thursday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

Plans for a new Forest Hills YMCA emerge

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids plans to open a new facility in 2014. A zoning application may be filed this week to possibly build a facility on the south side of Leonard Street NE, east of East Beltline Avenue across from Forest Hills Northern High School

Local Non-Profit "Sea to Sea" Tours To Fight Poverty

Local Non-Profit "Sea to Sea" Tours To Fight Poverty

By World Renew in Nonprofits

The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world.

Sea to Sea is a non-profit organization headquartered near 28th Street and Kalamazoo in Kentwood. The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour follows the shape and format of similar cycling projects hosted by the Christian Reformed Church in 2005 and 2008, which raised millions of dollars to send to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty.