Purple Community Blog

20 Dec 2018

Celebrating Our Best Year Yet

It has been quite the year for Purple Community! As we navigate through the final month of 2018, we are reflecting on the amazing opportunities we were able to be part of in 2018 that contributed to another record-breaking year for our program! We are overwhelmed with joy to announce that Purple Community raised over $700,000 to benefit research at Van Andel Institute in 2018!

We would not have been able to do this without the many community partners, volunteers and event hosts who joined forces with us this year.  With their help, we were able to broaden Purple Community’s reach and spread HOPE from Grand Rapids, to Traverse City, to Clinton Township, Chicago, and for the first time New York City! We are grateful to have opportunities that allow us to share the mission of Van Andel Institute outside of the West Michigan community and we’re eager to see the new places we span to in 2019.

In 2018, we have had the pleasure of working with 80 volunteers, raising funds through 121 events, and we even had the opportunity to cheer on 44 marathoners in Chicago and New York. What a year! We are so grateful for all the support we received.

Cheers to everyone who made this our best year yet! It is because of your passion for the research taking place at Van Andel Institute that we were able to accomplish everything we did in 2018. With your help we can make even greater strides providing hope for better treatments for cancer, Parkinson’s, and other diseases in the coming year.