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2016 Annual Report

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Hope on the Hill – A Celebration of VAI's 20 th Anniversary (STARTING AT THE TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT) ANNE AND JOHN ZIMMERMAN; LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. WITH CAROL AND DAVID VAN ANDEL; DAVID VAN ANDEL SPEAKING; LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. PERFORMING. 30 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2016

Donor Highlight The Boelkins Family Tim Tebow Inspiring Through Faith, Hope and Football EVENTS Chuck and Christine Boelkins grew up in Grand Rapids. It’s a place that is near and dear to them—a place where they made a life and raised a family. They feel blessed to have Van Andel Institute as part of their community and are proud supporters of the Institute’s research into cancer and Parkinson’s disease. “Having been a part of the Grand Rapids community for our entire lives, we have seen the amazing growth in medical services and technology that was instigated by the formation of Van Andel Institute,” Christine Boelkins said. Chuck’s father struggled with Parkinson’s disease, and recently, many friends and family members have been diagnosed with cancer. Giving of their time as members of the Institute’s Board of Governors, volunteering and donating to fund cancer and Parkinson’s research help the Boelkins stay connected to the great work taking place in their city—a place of immense innovation and ingenuity. “We feel blessed to have such a world-renowned research institute in our community. We have supported the Institute financially and through volunteer service for 15 years, and we feel great knowing that our efforts and donations go directly to research," Chuck Boelkins said. “Our hope is that one day soon, Van Andel Institute will find a way to fight back against diseases like Parkinson’s and make a significant impact toward the eradication of cancer.” When athletes use their fame to touch people’s lives through faith and goodwill, wonderful things can happen. Tim Tebow, a world-renowned quarterback, athlete, author and public speaker is not shy about what motivates him—and it isn’t a first down. It’s living a spiritual life. In September 2016, Tebow took time out of his busy schedule to tour VAI and visit with David and Carol Van Andel, Associate Director of Research Dr. Patrik Brundin and members of the Institute. Tebow also gave the keynote speech at the 10 th annual Van Andel Institute Golf Outing, and the day proved to be an inspirational experience for the Heisman Trophy winner. “It was extremely inspiring to visit with David and Carol Van Andel and Dr. Brundin,” Tebow said. “After meeting with everyone, and hearing about Dr. Brundin’s incredible approach to Parkinson’s disease research, I was filled with a sense of hope and optimism.” Tebow’s speech highlighted his unwavering commitment to his faith and how it has guided him throughout his life. He also touched on the work of the Institute and the importance of giving back. “I have always believed that you can do well and do good in life, and the generosity of the Van Andels and the dedication of the people working at the Institute are something I am very proud to support,” Tebow said. “I believe that faith guides us, and I can tell that the Institute’s mission is guided by a deep and significant belief in a power greater than us all.” In 2013, Christine Boelkins was presented with the Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Award—an honor given to people who have demonstrated excellence and significant contributions to Van Andel Institute’s mission through volunteer service and commitment. CHUCK AND CHRISTINE BOELKINS WITH THEIR FAMILY. (LEFT TO RIGHT) DR. PATRIK BRUNDIN, TIM TEBOW, CAROL AND DAVID VAN ANDEL. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 2016 | 31

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