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March 20th, 2018 by
Krist at JAF UpBeat Cancer Codzilla event

Meet Kristy – a Community Resource Specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. To her patients and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF), she’s much more than that.

Kristy is an advocate for the cancer patients she serves – many fighting not only for their lives, but for their livelihood.

Every day, healthcare professionals like Kristy across New England meet with cancer patients to bridge the gaps in healthcare. Whether it’s transportation for treatments or advice for navigating health insurance, cancer patients rely on these support systems to help in the fight of their lives.

Kristy and her counterparts …

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March 1st, 2018 by
Casey Gossom

All Kasey Gossom knew was that she felt tired all the time. She was only 24, but she nevertheless blamed it on getting older.

“I thought maybe I was just out of shape, so I started CrossFit,” she remembered.

But nothing helped. She turned 25 and still felt exhausted. Then, she noticed two swollen lymph nodes near her collarbone.

“Enough is enough,’” she told herself. She went to the doctor, but was only diagnosed with Cat Scratch Fever and given antibiotics.

She was only taken seriously after she went to the emergency room with chest pain in February 2016. That’s when a CAT scan …

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February 15th, 2018 by

Yan Perez-Garcia doesn’t have a typical cancer story – if there is one. His journey spans three states, dozens of surgeries, near-death experiences and multiple specialists – in just 10 years.

Diagnosed with rare brain tumors at only six months old, his ability to remain alive is awe-inspiring. “He’s not giving up,” said his mother, Yansen.

It happened in three days, in October 2008, she remembered. Yan got very sick on a Thursday. By Friday, he was in Children’s Hospital, in Tampa, Fl., where the family lived at the time. By Saturday, he had a CT scan. And that was how they …

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January 31st, 2018 by

In the summer of 2015, Tarun Kancharla was an active, happy 9-year-old boy – on vacation with his family in his parent’s home country, India.

It was a festive trip, filled with fun, delicious foods, family, and friends.

“We were having an excellent time,” remembered his mother, Lavanya. But in late July, Tarun developed a fever.

“He was not even complaining,” she said. “He had no other symptoms. He said ‘Mommy, I’m just fine. Stop being so paranoid.’”

But Lavanya was right to worry. Inside Tarun’s small body lurked Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. No one could see it yet.

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January 25th, 2018 by

It’s been a magical run for the New England Patriots on their way to Super Bowl LI – and the team’s recent playoff success is a direct result of a very strong regular season.

Admittedly, we’re biased – but we were particularly giddy throughout the season each time the Pats lit up the scoreboard thanks to year-two of our Goal Line Giving campaign with Empower Retirement.

Last September, we launched the campaign in partnership with Empower who pledged to donate $100 towards the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s Financial Assistance Program for every point New England scored during the regular season. After a successful year filled with …

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