Purple Community Blog

4 Apr 2017

Why should you participate in the #PC5K?

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We are astounded by the amount of stories shared with us at events. Whether it’s one sentence in passing about a father diagnosed with cancer years ago, or a long story about a friend struggling with Parkinson’s today, all of your words have an effect on the Purple Community Team. When we hear the impact these life-changing diseases can have we are fueled to raise funds for the research happening at Van Andel Institute.

We hope to continue our fundraising efforts with events like the Purple Community 5K, powered by Consumers Credit Union. When you run in the 5K, you are showing strength and endurance for those who cannot. You are running to spread hope.

You may even consider taking your participation to the next level by running in honor or memory of the people in your life touched by cancer, Parkinson’s or other diseases. 100% of every dollar you raise will support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. You can fundraise as an individual or join a pre-existing fundraising team.

If you’re struggling with fundraising click here for helpful tips and ideas. You can also join us on Facebook every Tuesday, for our #ProTipTuesday where we share the latest fundraising tips.

We have a lot of amazing incentives starting for those who raise at least $100! There are also additional incentives and prizes for our top individual fundraiser and fundraising team (check out the 5K page for details). If you’re the top team or individual, you will have the opportunity to tour Van Andel Institute with one of our researchers and explore the labs that are supported by your donations.

Join us in giving hope to countless individuals and families that have been impacted by cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases. Walk, skip, jump or run—bring your family, bring your friends. Take a stand with us as we move together toward better treatments and one day, maybe even cures.

If you have not registered for the Purple Community 5K, do so by clicking here. The 5K will take place at the Mary Free Bed YMCA on Saturday, April 29.