Van Andel Institute Purple Community
Van Andel Institute Purple Community is a grassroots fundraising program whose dedicated volunteers support VAI’s mission of improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations.
VAI Purple Community is our dynamic community awareness and fundraising program that connects individuals, schools, teams, companies and corporations, that want to join the fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, to the resources needed for action.
Thanks to special programs with our corporate partners, we are funding more ground-breaking research at Van Andel Institute than ever before. Each corporate partner engages with Van Andel Institute Purple Community in a unique way that inspires their customers, employees and communities.Learn More
Student Ambassador Program
Work with your fellow Student Ambassadors to plan and execute one major fundraising event each school year, with support and mentorship from VAI scientists, educators and staff.Learn More
Volunteer and Fundraise
Host an event or start a fundraising campaign to help accelerate the speed of research and discovery at Van Andel Institute. There’s no limit to what you can do!Learn More
Van Andel Institute Marathon Team
The Van Andel Institute Marathon Team launched with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2017, and has raised more than $308,000 to support research into cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, as well as K–12 and graduate education programs at VAI.Learn More
TCS London Marathon 2022
Sign up today and join an incredible trans-Atlantic team of runners raising funds for Parkinson’s disease research! The TCS London Marathon is returning in-person in 2022, and Van Andel Institute is teaming up with U.K.-based Cure Parkinson’s to give runners the opportunity to take on one of the world’s greatest…Register to Attend
Meet the team.
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McKenzie is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she earned a degree in public relations and a minor in sociology. She is excited to work with a mission-driven organization like Van Andel Institute. McKenzie is an event coordinator with VAI Purple Community and brings people together to help directly fund groundbreaking research at VAI. She uses her personality, organization, and compassion to create and assist with events. She has seen firsthand how a cancer diagnosis can affect loved ones and is passionate about the work that she is doing with VAI Purple Community.