As Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Brandon plays a role in disseminating JAF’s mission to the public. He writes patient stories, manages JAF’s social media channels, provides event support, and makes sure the website’s content is up to date and accurate.
Before coming to JAF, Brandon spent almost eight years in media, covering both sports and news for MassLive and The Springfield Republican, The MetroWest Daily News, and The Boston Globe. He was born in Springfield, Mass., raised in Agawam, Mass., and graduated from Lasell University with a degree in Communications.
Get to Know Brandon
What drives you each day at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
I understand what our patients and their families are enduring. My family was a JAF recipient in 2013, shortly before my father passed away after a 2.5-year battle with cancer. It’s important for people to be made more aware of the cost of cancer, and how it can hurt them financially while putting a hold on their aspirations.
What is your favorite thing about working for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
I love being able to tell stories about people who overcome adversity, and I’m glad I get to do that often in my role. People have remarkable capacity when faced with challenges and getting the opportunity to hear those stories and give life to them is very rewarding.
What’s a “fun fact” about yourself that others may be surprised to learn?
I’m a decent amateur musician. I started playing piano when I was seven years old and then I used those skills to teach myself to play guitar when I was 15. I was in the band for three of my college’s musicals and I can sing, too. My dad sang in the Springfield Symphony Chorus for two years, so I’d like to think it’s in the genes.