The Joe Andruzzi Foundation Story
Jen and Joe Andruzzi were active locally during Joe’s football career with the New England Patriots including many visits to patients to lift their spirits. Within the community, they met a young man named C.J. Buckley who only a month prior had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. CJ touched their hearts in an unusual way, and he and his family became extended family members to the Andruzzis. His passing left a hole in their hearts. In 2003, the Andruzzis started the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital 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.
The Andruzzis clearly recognized their new goal and on May 22, 2008 founded the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. They are committed to raising funds that help cancer patients and their families with utility payments. Your generous support makes a real difference during a difficult time. Additionally, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation funds pediatric brain cancer research in memory of C.J. Buckley.
“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.