Rachel Gorman first became involved with Van Andel Institute Purple Community after learning about us through her good friend, McKenzie Hollern, who is Purple Community’s volunteer coordinator. The more Rachel learned about Purple Community’s mission, the more she wanted to help.
After Rachel’s grandpa passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease, she felt volunteering with Purple Community could be her way of contributing to the end of this dreadful disease. She loves that the Institute’s mission focuses on improving the health and enhancing the lives of those in the community and on providing hope to people facing diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. Rachel believes in creating a strong community and loves how VAI and Purple Community play such an important role in the West Michigan community.
One of Rachel’s favorite parts about volunteering at Purple Community events is the opportunity to hear many different people’s stories about how cancer and Parkinson’s disease have impacted them. Many people she has spoken with felt overwhelming joy to hear about what Van Andel Institute Purple Community is doing right here in West Michigan. Rachel believes it is a special and highly personal moment to share with a volunteer, and she loves to see the Institute’s work truly bringing hope to people in our community.
If Rachel could give a piece of advice to individuals who want to get involved with Purple Community, she would tell them to grab a friend and sign up! She sees volunteering as such a rewarding experience and having a buddy to go with makes it that much more fun and rewarding. Rachel said she is so blessed to have met many amazing people and gained valuable experience volunteering with Van Andel Institute Purple Community.
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