Purple Community Blog

3 Dec 2019

Team Hope makes inspiring run at 2019 New York City Marathon

On Nov. 3, runners filled the streets of the Big Apple for the TCS New York City Marathon. Purple Community was honored to have 15 incredible athletes run for Team Hope, which raised $50,308 for cancer and Parkinson’s research at Van Andel Institute! Each of these runners had a reason for running — something that motivated them to finish the 26.2 miles that was ahead of them. That reason was hope.

Some were running to fight against cancer. Some were running against Parkinson’s. All were running to promote Purple Community’s mission of 100% HOPE!

Lars Wasvick

Lars Wasvick

For Team Hope runner Lars Wasvick, it was not his first marathon, but it was his first time running to bring hope to those impacted by cancer and Parkinson’s. He had an opportunity to reflect on his Team Hope experience.

“I decided to run for Team Hope because I wanted to run for a reason. I’ve ran in several marathons before, but had never raised money for them. My employer, Regal Holdings, is a proud supporter of Van Andel Institute and through volunteering with Purple Community I learned about VAI’s research and education initiatives. Cancer and diabetes have impacted my family and I am glad I got the opportunity to support VAI and create awareness of the fight against those diseases. It was a great experience training, running and fundraising as part of Team Hope.”

We are so proud of all our fearless Team Hope runners and thankful for their contribution to our mission. Since Team Hope began in 2017, we have raised a grand total of $248,018! We could not have done this without their help.

The 2019 marathon season may be complete, but we will be back at it in 2020! If you are interested in joining Team Hope next year, please visit our website!