What is Nana's Run?
The ALS Association Michigan Chapter and Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, in partnership with the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, present the eighth year of Nana's Run, a special 5k race held in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Nana’s Run is the creation of the event chairpersons, Cassandra DeVos and Sydney DeVos Reames. The race is a tribute to their beloved maternal grandmother Char VanderLaan, affectionately called Nana, who passed away on March 7, 2014 after battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Since Nana VanderLaan was diagnosed with ALS in October 2013, the DeVos granddaughters have made a commitment to raise awareness about the disease and to raise funds that will support patient and physician education, ALS patients and their families, and ongoing research within Michigan.
Athletes of all abilities, walkers or runners are all welcome at the 5k race. Information regarding the run/walk will be released soon. Check back often or contact us at for more information.
Be sure to tag us on social media using @NanasRun5k and #NanasRun to be featured!
If you are unable to join us for Nana's Run, consider making a donation! Through Nana's Run, we hope to ensure continued support in diagnosis, treatment and research areas for those affected by ALS.
You can make a contribution in any of the following ways:
Click the link above to make a secure online gift.
Send a check made payable to the Saint Mary's Foundation - Attn: Saint Mary's Foundation/Nana's Run, 200 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact the Saint Mary's Foundation offices by phone at 616.685.1892.
Sign up as a sponsor for the event.
We invite you to visit The ALS Association Michigan Chapter and the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences website to learn more about the programs you are supporting by participating in Nana's Run.
For questions regarding sponsorship, please feel free to contact Angela Paasche at or 616-685-1892 at Mercy Health Saint Mary's or Mallory Timyan at ALS Association Michigan Chapter at 616-495-1900.
Running is not the only way to get involved in this 5k event. You can also help your community by becoming a Nana's Run volunteer! There are many ways you can help out prior to the event and on event-day itself. Click the button below to inquire about volunteer opportunities and to sign up for a volunteer position.