Purple Community Blog

18 Dec 2019

Congratulations to our Angel of the Quarter, Rorybeth Novosad!

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Rorybeth first became involved with Van Andel Institute Purple Community in 2017, when she ran as a Road Warrior for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run (now the Amway Riverbank Run). Rorybeth became more involved with Purple Community when she created a successful basketball fundraiser at West Catholic High School. She also has volunteered at many events, is a member of the Purple Community 5K Committee and Purple Community Executive Cabinet, and ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this past fall for Van Andel Institute Purple Community Team Hope!

Rorybeth has a passion for spreading hope with Purple Community because she has seen firsthand how disease can impact the ones we hold so dearly. In 2016, Rorybeth lost her mother to pancreatic cancer. Since then, she decided to join the fight against cancer by raising money for important research happening right here in Grand Rapids.

Running was not always something she enjoyed. But after Rorybeth had her children, her mother encouraged her to take some time for just herself and run. This grew into a hobby Rorybeth and her mother shared and loved to do together. This past fall, Rorybeth took on the major feat of running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of Team Hope. Running for Team Hope was a special opportunity for her, because she knew her mother was with her every step of the way. Running in her mother’s honor helped her across the finish line after a grueling 26.2 miles.

Rorybeth brings a positive spirit to each event she is a part of and is making a difference by spreading hope to those who need it most. It’s volunteers like Rorybeth Novosad that make Purple Community so incredible! Thank you, Rorybeth, for everything you do for us!

If you would like to learn how to get involved with Van Andel Institute Purple Community click HERE for more information!