What is Purple Community?

Purple Community is a grassroots fundraising program at Van Andel Institute, a world-class biomedical research and science education facility. Through peer-to-peer fundraising and cause marketing programs, people just like you turn their passions into support for our work to fight cancer, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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Join Purple Community

Fill out our online form.

Instant Access to:

  • Updates on Van Andel Institute's most recent research and discoveries
  • News on both Van Andel Institute special events and Purple Community events
  • Purple Community merchandise
  • Exclusive tours of Van Andel Institute

Create An Event

Already picturing your event? Excited to help Van Andel Institute fight diseases but not sure exactly how yet? Click the link below to get started now!

Start Helping Your Cause

Participate In An Event

Whether you know someone hosting an event or are looking for an event in your area, simply click on the link below to start your search.

Get Involved

Create a Tribute

Honor and remember your loved one by creating a tribute page. This page will allow you to upload photos, share with others, and fundraise in their honor.

Recognize Someone Special

Color Run - Purple Color Zone

8/2 & 8/3

Volunteer to throw color in the purple color zone on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3.
  • 40%
  • $2500
    Team Goal
  • 31
    Days Left

West Michigan Whitecaps Purple Game


Join us at the 5th Annual Whitecaps Purple Community game on Tuesday, July 29th
  • 50%
  • $10000
    Team Goal
  • 27
    Days Left
team troll

Team Troll

Team Troll

Recreational and competitive cyclists are raising awareness about Parkinson's while raising funds for research at VAI.

  • 94%
  • $10000
    Team Goal
  • 191
    Days Left