Van Andel Institute presents “A Conversation about Breast Cancer”


Grand Rapids, Mich. (Nov. 1, 2013) – Van Andel Institute (VAI) presents “A Conversation about Breast Cancer,” a special luncheon presentation hosted by Carol Van Andel sharing the latest advances in breast cancer research and treatment, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at VAI. Featuring leading breast cancer researchers, the program is designed to educate and empower patients, survivors and their families to become more effective health advocates.

“We are gathering some of the top minds in breast cancer research to share updates on the most current methods of prevention and treatment,” said Carol Van Andel. “This luncheon is an opportunity to inspire women to become better informed about their health, while celebrating survivorship and offering knowledge and hope to those affected by breast cancer.”

The luncheon opens at 11:30 a.m. with networking opportunities. The program begins at noon with remarks from Van Andel, followed by presentations from Dr. Carrie Graveel, VAI senior research scientist and instructor in the VAI Graduate School who studies breast cancer, and Dr. Marianne Melnik, specialist in the Breast Care Program at Spectrum Health and associate professor of surgery at Michigan State University. A question-and-answer segment will give attendees the opportunity to explore topics more in depth.

The program also features Dany Lyn Redwine-Bucks, breast cancer survivor, small business owner and entrepreneur, who is committed to educating and empowering African-American women affected by breast cancer.

“Dany Lyn uses her own experience and knowledge to provide solutions and support for breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers,” said Van Andel. “Our hope is that attendees will leave this event inspired to become better health advocates for themselves and their loved ones.”

One hundred percent of the luncheon’s proceeds go directly to support breast cancer research initiatives at VAI, where scientists are dedicated to making discoveries that will impact current and future generations through improved methods of prevention, detection and treatment.


About Van Andel Institute

Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, Mich., dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science, and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process.  Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research arm, is dedicated to studying the genetic, cellular and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and working to translate those findings into effective therapies. This is accomplished through the work of more than 200 researchers in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Find out more about Van Andel Institute or donate by visiting