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10 Sep 2018

Kenny’s Story – Team Hope

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When I was signing up for the Chicago Marathon and saw that Van Andel Research Institute was an affiliated partner I knew immediately that this was the cause I wanted to support. I was born in Grand Rapids, I grew up there, and even though I’ve moved across the country (twice), it will always be home. Having spent most of my life there, I’m familiar with the diligent research being done at Van Andel Institute and I couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with them and running with Team Hope this fall.

Cancer research is important to me. I’ve seen cancer impact several friends and loved ones in my life, including my own mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer my senior year in high school. Today, I’m happy to say that she is a cancer survivor and has been cancer free for over ten years! I know that cancer research is the key to making the disease more preventable, more treatable, and to creating more survivors.

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my inspirators, which has become something of a mantra for me, feel free to make it your own. As physician, author, and runner George Sheehan said, “There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.”

To assist Kenny with his marathon efforts, please visit his Crowdrise page!