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October 23rd, 2017 by
Patient recipient with family


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
Joe Andruzzi Foundation patient recipient

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.”

“All …

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September 7th, 2017 by
Goal Line Giving banner

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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August 25th, 2017 by
Team JAF at Falmouth Road Race

Joe donned the number “63” as a three-time Super Bowl winning member of the New England Patriots – so when we realized the Joe Andruzzi Foundation had 63 “Team JAF” runners on its 2017 Falmouth Road Race squad, it became obvious that something special was in the air.

Months of training and fundraising culminated in Woods Hole on Sunday, August 20, 2017, when Team JAF runners completed the 7-mile, scenic Cape Cod race – raising, to date, more than $100,000 for JAF along the way. Despite humid temperatures reaching close to 80 degrees by start time, our runners ran with …

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July 25th, 2017 by
JAF group at Codzilla

Thanks to our amazing friends and supporters at Boston Harbor Cruises, Joe Andruzzi Foundation patient recipients and their families got to enjoy a beautiful day out on Boston Harbor last Thursday for the eighth annual Joe Andruzzi Foundation Codzilla Thrill Ride (Up)Beat Opportunity!

Though we say it each summer, it’s certainly worth repeating: the annual Codzilla outing is one of our favorite days of the entire year. Seeing the ear-to-ear grins on the faces of our patient families. Watching kid’s close their fists to show off Joe’s Super Bowl rings. Soaking in the happiness that comes from young families enjoying a cold ice cream …

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