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VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Purple Community is Van Andel Institute’s grassroots community awareness and fundraising program that connects individuals, schools, teams, and businesses to the resources needed to join the fight against cancer and Parkinson's disease.

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Purple Community, Van Andel Institute’s grassroots fundraising and awareness program, connects individuals, schools, teams and businesses to the resources needed to support groundbreaking cancer and Parkinson’s disease research. In 2017, Purple Community members hosted more than 150 events throughout Michigan that raised more than $622,000.

Purple Community events bring people from every walk of life together to celebrate the power of family, friendship and community action. They also give people the chance to honor those fighting disease and pay tribute to those who have lost their fight against cancer and Parkinson’s. Every event is a collection of stories — people coming together to support one another and help make the world a better, healthier place.

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 the cause — 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
Lewy Body Dementia
Neurofibromatosis type 1
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Ovarian cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Parkinson’s disease
Prion diseases
Prostate cancer
Sarcoma