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Men’s Soccer to Host Purple Game for Cancer Research

On Tuesday, October 12, the Hope College men's soccer team will host a Community for a Cure Purple Game in support of cancer research at Van Andel Institute (VAI). The game, against rival Olivet, begins at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.

Since April 2009, high schools, colleges, and communities throughout the state have raised more than $150,000 for cancer research at Van Andel Institute through Community for a Cure Purple Games.

Hope College has been a huge supporter; last year Hope College football, women's soccer, and volleyball teams raised $12,500 for the initiative.

Hope players will wear purple jerseys during the game, and there will be purple T-shirts, wristbands, water bottles, reusable grocery bags, and cotton candy for sale. Attendees also will have an opportunity to participate in a chilidog eating contest, hosted by WLAV Radio Personality Kevin Mathews. Organizers will attempt to break the world record for the number of chilidogs eaten at a soccer game. For this event, hotdogs have been donated by Vienna Beef, buns donated by Sara Lee, and chili donated by The Dog Pit in Grand Rapids.

"Not only will Hope College's Purple Game benefit the cancer research we do here, it will also support an internship for a Hope student to have the hands on learning opportunity to conduct research at VAI next summer ," said VAI Vice President of Communications and External Relations Joseph Gavan. "The level of support and commitment we have received from Hope students, staff, and faculty has been truly inspiring."

Hope College is contributing to such a cancer research effort through work aimed at developing novel cancer-fighting drugs. Other projects at Hope are focused on understanding the fundamental, biological, and biochemical basis of cancer formation, maintenance, metastasis, as well as at looking at the opposite by causing cancer cells to die or undergo a process called apoptosis.

Support for student-faculty collaborative cancer research at Hope, in the form of applied and basic science research, typically comes from competitive external sources such as the NIH, NSF, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, cancer research at Hope is supported internally, and recently funding was designated from cancer awareness events organized by the college's athletic program. These funds will be applied toward purchasing supplies and consummables, supplementing travel by students to a professional conference, and partially paying students to work in the research laboratories.