I have the opportunity to run the 2018 New York marathon and have partnered with the amazing Van Andel Institute to help raise awareness and do some fundraising for their organization. I would be grateful for your consideration in supporting VAI’s life changing work!
A few months ago a colleague of mine mentioned the possibility of running this race and asked if I had any interest. Having never run a marathon, (and falling in the middle of hunting season) I quickly dismissed the thought. After some consideration, I felt led to applying for one of the few available spots. With some luck, I was drawn as one of the participants to run this marathon! I believe it likely that I will begin and end my marathon running career on the same day!! And what an amazing way to do it.
Like many of you, cancer has impacted my family and friends. While being rooted in West Michigan, Van Andel Institute is the leading research institute for thousands of cancers and diseases. Because of VAI, patients and families will have hope for the future. Research is expensive and government funding of scientific research is at a historic low. It currently takes more than 10 years and a billion dollars to bring a new drug or treatment from the lab to a patient’s bedside. We need to help make the process go faster.
I have had the opportunity to tour the Van Andel Institute and see the incredible work the researchers and scientists are doing there. Truly amazing. Each day progress is made towards finding a cure. So many of us have been impacted or will be by cancer or Parkinson’s in our lifetime. Thanks to a generous endowment from Jay and Betty Van Andel, every dollar of donation goes directly to the cause – 100% of your funds support VAI scientists who are trying to find a cure.
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