Annual Impact Report – 2018
MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT AND CEO
2018 was an important year in the history of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of providing financial assistance for cancer patients and their families. After co-founding the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in 2008, I have been given the opportunity to meet some of the bravest, most inspiring patients, family members, and healthcare professionals in New England. It has been an amazing journey to watch the Foundation grow from a spare bedroom in our home to a leader in the New England cancer community.
In 2018, JAF distributed a record-breaking $1.13M in direct financial assistance that helped more than 4,000 patients and their family members affected by cancer. While we are grateful to have been able to remove the financial stress for so many families as they go through one of the most difficult times of their lives, there is still much more work to be done. The problem of financial toxicity that I witnessed other patients struggle with while Joe underwent treatment for his own cancer battle at Brigham & Women’s Hospital over a decade ago continues to negatively impact the health outcomes of today’s cancer patients.
JAF’s growth and success have been made possible through supporters, volunteers, corporate partners and donors that have played a key part in our history – and who we will continue to lean on to help the Foundation one day reach every single patient in need throughout New England. Our commitment to making significant strides in addressing the financial barriers facing cancer patients has, and will remain, our North Star in 2019 and beyond.
On behalf of the New England cancer patients and families we serve, thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission.
President and CEO
Joe Andruzzi Foundation