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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January 25th, 2018 by


Carla McGuire trusts her intuition.

Since she was six years old, she knew she would be an artist in Maine.

She knew when it was time to show up for her own art show, for the first time, ever.

And she knew when she had cancer. Even when others didn’t agree.

Carla’s cancer journey – which forever changed the way she sees herself  – began in September of 2015.

“That’s when I noticed a dimple on my breast,” said the 59-year-old artist and mother, who lives in Hallowell, outside Augusta, Maine. “I knew it wasn’t right.”

But her doctor believed it was scar …

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January 18th, 2018 by
2018 Team JAF

Considering the frigid temperatures New England has been navigating so far this winter, visions of a sun-soaked Boylston Street on Patriots Day seems miles away.

26.2 miles, to be exact.  

On April 16, 2018 (Marathon Monday) members of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s “Team JAF” squad will take strides against cancer through the streets of Boston for the eighth straight year! We are absolutely thrilled to announce that 18 runners will be making up our 2018 Boston Marathon team – a mix of first time runners, veteran marathoners, and, of course, those running in memory of loved ones who have battled cancer: Melissa …

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