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2022 Spring/Summer Highlights of Hope

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This is the 2022 Spring/Summer edition of Van Andel Institute's Highlights of Hope donor publication.

EVENTS A Conversation

EVENTS A Conversation About Pancreatic Cancer — Hosted by Carol Van Andel Despite incredible advances in cancer detection and treatment, pancreatic cancer continues to pose a particular challenge to physicians and patients because it often lacks obvious early symptoms. By the time the disease is found, it is typically quite advanced, complicating treatment and leading to poorer patient outcomes. Thanks to new breakthroughs, there is hope. In November, guests at A Conversation About Pancreatic Cancer — Hosted by Carol Van Andel learned about the latest advances in pancreatic cancer research, with a focus on promising opportunities for early detection. Speakers included pancreatic cancer experts Dr. Brian Haab, a VAI professor whose lab is at the forefront of new diagnostic efforts, and Dr. J. Bradley Morrow, director of endoscopy at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. For the past five years, Drs. Haab and Morrow have collaborated on developing new diagnostics for pancreatic cancer. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, The Howard Miller Company. (STARTING AT TOP RIGHT, GOING CLOCKWISE) CAROL VAN ANDEL; GUESTS HEAR FROM DR. BRIAN HAAB; DR. J. BRADLEY MORROW AND MARANDA; DR. J. BRADLEY MORROW 22 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Gaming for Hope In 2021, VAI hosted our inaugural Gaming for Hope, a fully online, 24-hour gaming marathon that blended a passion for online gaming and streaming with raising funds to support the Institute’s work. Streamers of all ages and experience levels played numerous games over the course of the day, including singleplayer FIFA 21, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Featured streamers joined in on the action, and giveaways and prizes were up for grabs for those who fundraised for the Institute. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Element Four. (STARTING AT TOP LEFT, GOING CLOCKWISE) COLIN GRAHAM & DAVENPORT ESPORTS INTERN; MAE LEXI ZURITA; COLIN GRAHAM; MIKE “POROSAURUS” NAVARRO VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 23

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