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October 30th, 2017 by

Amber Willey had been in her new job for just two days, when she found out she had breast cancer.

“The first thing I thought is… ‘Oh my God, I’m going to lose my job,’” remembered the 35-year-old Nashua mom, who works in medical billing for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

But Amber didn’t lose her job. Her workplace – which is also her treatment provider – was accommodating and compassionate, allowing her to take days off for appointments and treatment. And so, she continued to work full-time, since her diagnosis in October of 2016.

“My job has been so supportive, through the …

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October 26th, 2017 by

In May of 2017, Charmine Duest got two pieces of shocking news.

First, the lump she’d found in her left breast was cancerous. Second, she was about eight weeks pregnant.

“It was kind of a shock to me because there’s no history of breast cancer in my family,” said the North Attleboro, Massachusetts mom and dental assistant. “I never thought this would happen.”

She also thought she was done having children. At 40 years old, she has one son – 8-year-old Kristian. She never expected another baby.

But she and her fiancée, Kevin, have adapted. He moved to North Attleboro from Rochester, New Hampshire, …

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October 23rd, 2017 by


Nancy Simmons’ mammogram showed something questionable, but her doctors didn’t think it was serious. She had very dense breast tissue, and it was tough to tell what they were seeing.

Come back in six months, we want to re-check it, they told her.

Then, her only son – who’s had diabetes since childhood – got into a serious car accident and broke 20 bones. “I’ve been a single parent of someone with diabetes all my life,” she said. “So, that was my priority.”

A year passed before she made it back for her follow-up. And then, there was cancer.

“I was kind of in …

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October 17th, 2017 by

For many, 40 is a significant birthday, symbolically marking a transition into a new phase of life. But for Lisa Ober, that milestone came with a new challenge: cancer.

The New Hampshire mom and Joe Andruzzi Foundation grant recipient remembers how she and her twin sister Holly, who lives in Tennessee, signed up for mammograms to mark their big day.

Holly’s results were uneventful. Lisa’s showed breast cancer.

“Really, you hear the word cancer, and that’s it,” she said, of receiving her diagnosis. “I was devastated. My husband was there and he just put his hand on my leg and listened.”

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September 7th, 2017 by

Are. You. Ready. For. Some. Football?

We certainly are!

The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is once again teaming-up with premier retirement services provider Empower Retirement for year two of our “Goal Line Giving” partnership – where Empower has pledged to donate $100 to JAF’s Financial Assistance Program for each point New England scores on the football field throughout the upcoming NFL regular season.

As you may already know, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s Financial Assistance Program provides one-time grants to New England cancer patients and their families in active treatment, allowing them to focus on what is most important: getting better. Specifically, the program is designed to assist patients …

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