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2019 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope


EVENTS HOPE ON THE HILL The splendor and elegance of the Kentucky Derby was in full effect during the Institute’s 18th annual Hope on the Hill Gala — Run for the Roses. More than 800 guests gathered for a night of fundraising, networking and entertainment. Worldrenowned, London-based artists Light Balance also performed a stunning live stage show that featured dazzling neon lights, dynamic choreography and acrobatic dance moves. For nearly two decades, Hope on the Hill has united the Grand Rapids’ philanthropic community and VAI’s most passionate donors for a night that celebrates the Institute’s mission and raises funds that support groundbreaking biomedical research and impactful science education. Thank you to the Title Sponsor: Fifth Third Private Bank. (STARTING AT THE BOTTOM LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) EVENT GUESTS MINGLING; TERESA HENDRICKS-PITSCH, JIM NICHOLS & JAMIE MILLS; DANA STENSTROM, GINNY BAYSHORE & PATTI BOYD; DAVID VAN ANDEL, VICKY LUDEMA & TIM LONG; LIGHT BALANCE PERFORMING. 20 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

A CONVERSATION ABOUT PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT Van Andel Institute (VAI) special events have the power to educate our community and provide VAI supporters with a platform to learn about and discuss important health-related issues. During A Conversation about Pediatric Cancer hosted by Carol Van Andel, the Institute highlighted the work of scientists and clinicians who have dedicated their lives to taking on childhood cancers, and gave guests a unique opportunity to ask questions. Event speakers included Dr. Matt Steensma (VAI, Spectrum Health), Dr. Jenna Gedminas (VAI, Spectrum Health), and keynote speaker, Dr. James Fahner (division chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital). Thank you to the Title Sponsor: Howard Miller. (STARTING AT THE BOTTOM LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) CAROL VAN ANDEL ADDRESSES THE AUDIENCE; DR. MATT STEENSMA ANSWERS A QUESTION DURING THE EVENT Q&A; EVENT GUESTS MIX & MINGLE; DR. JAMES FAHNER GIVING HIS KEYNOTE PRESENTATION. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 21

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