Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), the research division of VAI, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.
Van Andel Institute Purple Community is a grassroots fundraising program whose dedicated volunteers support VAI’s mission of improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations.
Purple Community volunteers host dozens of events each year that raise critical funds to support groundbreaking research into diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s, and science education programs at the Institute.
Purple Community volunteers support VAI for a number of reasons. Some have been personally impacted by the diseases being studied by world-class scientists at the Institute or know a friend or family member who has been affected. Others support the K–12 and graduate science education programs at VAI that foster the next generation of scientific leaders.