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Purple Community is a grassroots community awareness and fundraising program that connects individuals, schools, teams, and businesses to the resources needed to join the fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. 

As a part of Van Andel Institute, Purple Community supports the organization's cutting-edge biomedical research and science education programs. The Institute is committted to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. 

When you fundraise through Purple Community, your efforts go further. Thanks to a generous endowment from Jay and Betty Van Andel, every dollar of every donation goes directly to biomedical research and science education -- that 100% HOPE!

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 laboratory bench to a patient’s bedside. We need your help to make this process go faster. When you hold a Purple Community fundraising event, 100% of your funds support Van Andel Institute scientists who are studying more than 20 different diseases, including:

  • Aging
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Blood cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Depression/suicide
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Huntington’s
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Prion diseases
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Tuberous sclerosis