Ten years ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she was diagnosed early, received proper treatment, and is now a cancer survivor. Since recovering my mom is always up-to-date on the latest research and advancements in cancer treatment, she often applies to be a subject in research studies, and is currently participating in one. Her passion has inspired me to help any way that I can. Currently, I'm raising money and partnering with the Van Andel Institute to do just that. My goal is to raise $1,500 for cancer research to help find a cure. In return I'll be running the 2018 Chicago Marathon for the VAI Team Hope in October.
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 neurodegenerative diseases. Individualized tools and customized assistance are available to create events and programs that help raise funds for biomedical research at Van Andel Institute. Because of people like you, thousands of cancer and neurodegenerative disease patients and their families have hope for the future. When you fundraise through Purple Community, your efforts go farther. Thanks to a generous endowment from Jay and Betty Van Andel, every dollar of every donation goes directly to the cause – that’s 100% HOPE! You are helping accelerate research and translate discoveries into therapies that will conquer illness and save lives. 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 support Purple Community, 100% of your funds support Van Andel Institute scientists who are studying more than 20 different diseases. To see the full list visit http://purplecommunity.vai.org/about/