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2013 Highlights of Hope

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Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Carrie Graveel Dr. Carrie Graveel is a Van Andel Institute researcher who is passionate about her lab’s research focus on breast cancer. Throughout her life breast cancer has had a direct impact on her family, and she understands how important new diagnostics and treatments are to cancer patients. “Two of my cousins have battled breast cancer, and my grandmother faced breast cancer at a time when the only treatment option was a difficult surgery,” Graveel said. “Their strength continues to inspire me.” In the United States more than 226,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and it ranks as the second cause of cancer death in women. Dr. Graveel is especially interested in understanding the underlying genetic causes for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), an extremely difficult type of cancer to treat, with an often poor prognosis. She is optimistic about the progress being made in cancer research and states, “Researchers have made great strides in understanding breast cancer. We now know it is not one type of cancer, but many unique diseases that require specialized treatment strategies.” As a Van Andel Institute researcher, Dr. Graveel is motivated by her work’s ability to develop targeted treatments for patients. Her desire to take research findings from the bench to the bedside is symbolic of the overarching mission of the Institute. “What motivates me and all Van Andel Institute researchers is that we are having a positive impact on human health. It is my hope that we can continue to discover successful treatments and therapies for all types of cancer, including breast cancer.” Dr. Graveel’s work is not possible without the generosity and support of Van Andel Institute’s donors. Please consider making a gift in support of research, discovery and hope. 612 Support Breast Cancer Research during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month A COnversation about breast Cancer Hosted by Carol Van Andel Troy, Mi | OCTOBER 31 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Somerset Inn | 2601 W Big Beaver Road, Troy, Michigan Grand Rapids, Mi | NOVEMBER 13 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Van Andel Institute | 333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI RSVP Online at October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we honor women who have valiantly battled breast cancer. Join Van Andel Institute in the fight against breast cancer by giving a gift that supports disease-fighting research. 100% of your contribution goes directly to the laboratories where discoveries are being made every day. There are many ways you can spread hope to breast cancer patients and their families in October and throughout the year. • Make a donation designated for breast cancer research and support the work of Dr. Carrie Graveel who is focusing on triple negative breast cancer. Her team works to understand the genes responsible for TNBC progression in order to identify new treatments that will give hope to those who are affected by this disease. Fight breast cancer by making a donation at • Coordinate a Purple Community event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research or show your support by participating in a Purple Community event near you. Find events, register and donate today at • Give a gift in memorial or tribute of a loved one who has had breast cancer. A memorial or tribute is a wonderful way to honor a loved one’s legacy while providing hope for the future. Make your gift today at • Attend or become a sponsor for A Conversation about Breast Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel. Upcoming luncheons focus on leading advances in breast cancer research, celebrating breast cancer survivors and inspiring women to take ownership and become personal health advocates. The events take place in Troy, Michigan, on October 31, 2013, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 13, 2013. Register today at

Tempting Tables Event Funds VAI Breast Cancer Research When thinking about fundraisers to benefit breast cancer, walks, runs and marathons quickly come to mind. A group in Muskegon has discovered a very unique and effective fundraising event that’s raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research. VIP tickets are and daily tickets are ; both can be purchased at the door. 100% of the proceeds raised from the ticket sales goes towards cancer research. For more information about the 2013 Tempting Tables event, please visit Tempting Tables is a grass roots volunteer organization that showcases exquisite, elaborate and creative Tablescapes and unique collections, all for the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer research and patient support. The group began in 1996 and the event has grown to include 30 tables and 20 collections at their 2012 event. Over the past three years, Tempting Tables has provided crucial support to Van Andel Institute researcher, Dr. Carrie Graveel. They’ve contributed more than ,000 to Dr. Graveel’s study to identify novel therapies. A portion of the proceeds for their 2013 event is committed to continuing this work. The 2013 Tempting Tables Tablescapes & Collections event takes place Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20 at the Holiday Inn of Muskegon with a VIP preview on Wednesday, October 16. The Tempting Tables Tablescapes and Collections event takes place October 17-20 in Muskegon, MI Hope is the Perfect Holiday Gift for Everyone on Your List As the holidays approach, the pressure to find “the perfect gift” begins to mount. Consider giving the gift of hope this year by making a donation to Van Andel Institute for everyone on your list. Here are five ways you can make a memorable holiday gift: 1. Employee Gifts. Rather than treating your staff to another fruitcake, present them each with a framed certificate detailing the donation made to Van Andel Institute in their name. 2. Vendor Gifts. When you send holiday cards to your vendors, explain that you made a donation in their honor in lieu of a gift. 3. Hostess Gifts. Attending several holiday soirées? Thank your hostess with a small gift and add a gift tag letting them know a donation was made in their name. 4. Teacher Gifts. Thank the teacher in your life by enhancing the life of a student through your support of Van Andel Education Institute. 5. Family Gifts. Can’t think of a unique gift for Aunt Sue? Honor her with a donation that goes towards breast cancer research. Visit to make a donation online or call 616.234.5120 to make a donation by phone. 13

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