Purple Community Blog

12 Jun 2017

Cabinet Mixer Recap

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On May 23, community leaders, creative minds and passionate hearts gathered together at the Purple Community Cabinet Mixer to learn more about our program and supporting Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) research into cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

Cabinet Co-Chair, Blake Crabb, fearlessly shared his experience with cancer in hopes of inspiring others to take action, and move from a season of grief to a season of hope—Blake lost his mother two years ago after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Viviane Labrie—a scientist at VAI—gave an overview on Parkinson’s disease and the research currently happening in her lab. When we have the opportunity to be in the same room as a scientist we feel tremendously grateful for their work and the challenge they have accepted. Not all of us can jump into a lab, look under a microscope, run tests or assist in creating clinical trials—but we can all do SOMETHING.

Purple Community’s Event Coordinator Hannah Acosta shared more about how each person in the room CAN take action through the Purple Community Cabinet. The Cabinet is a unique way for community leaders to engage with Van Andel Institute and fight back against disease. Our cabinet is comprised of five chairpersons and three subcommittees (event committee, volunteer committee, and marketing/PR committee) led by our event, volunteer and marketing/PR chairpersons. We are searching for individuals who have the skills to fit into one or more committee.

We want people who are passionate and ready to do something in the fight against cancer and Parkinson’s. Who are ready to use their writing skills to create an inspiring blog post that calls readers to give. People who are willing to volunteer at a Purple Community game, or plan a new event that moves us into a market we have not yet reached. We want people who are ready to serve as ambassadors and advocates for Purple Community through their work on this dynamic, hands-on, grassroots fundraising team.

As the mixer came to a close, it was evident that the room was filled with people who are READY to do SOMETHING. We are excited about all of the new friends we made and cannot wait to begin working together to spread HOPE in our community and beyond.


If you were unable to join us at the mixer, it’s not too late to get involved! Contact us at purplecommunity@vai.org (subject line: Purple Community Cabinet) and we will be happy to send along more information.