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16 Apr 2017

Donor Highlight — The Boelkins Family

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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

“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.”

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