THE JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION STORY
Jen and Joe Andruzzi were active locally during Joe’s football career with the New England Patriots. That included visiting patients to lift their spirits. Meeting a young man named C.J. Buckley a month after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor touched their hearts in an unusual way. C.J. and his family became extended family members to the Andruzzis and his passing left a hole in their hearts. In 2003, the Andruzzis started the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Children’s Hospital Boston years before battling cancer became personal.
On May 30, 2007, Joe was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma, predicted to double in size within 24 hours. He had an aggressive chemotherapy treatment over several months both at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Joe fought the disease with strength and courage helped by the support of his own family, the Buckley family, friends, doctors and nurses by his side. Thankfully, Joe was told that there was no sign of cancer in his body by the fall of 2007 and remains cured today.
“I know first-hand how much your daily routine changes during and following cancer treatment,” said Joe Andruzzi. “Please team up with me in helping others.”
“We fought the toughest fight of our lives and are grateful that Joe is living cancer free,” said Jen Andruzzi.