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25th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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This is the 25th anniversary edition of Highlights of Hope, published in Fall 2021.

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Grand Rapids Griffins Purple Community Game Part of Van Andel Institute’s continued success is thanks to the support of the Grand Rapids community, including the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team. First held in the 2011–2012 season, the Griffins Purple Community Game brings together hockey fans and VAI supporters to enjoy the sport and raise awareness and funds for the Institute’s work. In the decade since our partnership bloomed, the Griffins Purple Community Game has raised 3,488. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS (CLOCKWISE, STARTING AT TOP) TWO YOUNG FANS DECKED OUT IN SUPPORT OF VAI, 2012; GRIFFINS PLAYERS DON PURPLE JERSEYS DURING THE ANNUAL GAME, 2019; VAI PURPLE COMMUNITY PURPLE VAN, 2018; SPECIAL GUEST ERIN DEAN GETS READY FOR CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP, 2019 22 2011 – 2021

Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K More than just a race, the annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K brings together families from across West Michigan to support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Many who run the race do so in honor or remembrance of loved ones who have been touched by cancer, Parkinson’s or other diseases. The event has raised a lifetime total of more than 0,000 in support of our work at VAI. (CLOCKWISE, STARTING AT TOP) RUNNERS CELEBRATE & SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE CAUSE, 2016; RUNNERS KICK OFF THE RACE, 2019; CROWD GATHERS FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AT THE INAUGURAL EVENT, 2015; CAROL VAN ANDEL CHATS WITH ANOTHER 5K RUNNER, 2015; FINISHER MEDALS, 2019; THE WHOLE FAMILY TURNS OUT FOR THE CAUSE, 2015; PARTICIPANTS CROSS THE FINISH LINE TOGETHER, 2019 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS 2015 – 2021 23

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