Joe is the inspiration and reason for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. His own cancer journey revealed to him and his wife, Jen, the devastating financial struggles so many families encounter with a cancer diagnosis. Joe and Jen’s experience resulted in their dedicating their lives to helping other and Joe establishing the Foundation’s mantra of “paying it forward.”
Joe is a Co-Founder and an Honorary Board Member at JAF. In his day-to-day role, Joe represents and speaks on behalf of the organization at various events and meetings. Also, he works with the team to help identify new partners looking to join us in the Foundation’s work. Joe is JAF’s “Top Ambassador” and enjoys spending time with patients and their families through hospital visits and (Up)Beat Opportunities.
In addition to his JAF duties, Joe also spends his time as a motivational speaker at events throughout New England.
Get to Know Joe
What drives you each day at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
What motivates me every day is knowing that there are cancer patients out there – whether they just received a cancer diagnosis or are months into their treatment and swimming in debt – who need help, a lifeline, something to give them the hope and strength to keep fighting. Nobody should face cancer alone. I get up every day to make sure JAF has the partners and resources it needs to help lighten the load for patients.
What is your favorite thing about working for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
As I learned during my playing days, success is all about teamwork! Jen and I are so fortunate to have our own incredible team at the Foundation – from the Board to our committees to the staff – who help us fulfill our mission every day. We work hard together and share lots of laughs. It’s great to be surrounded by passionate and talented teammates who are like family.
List a “fun fact” about yourself that others may be surprised to learn.
I love playing racquetball! On most days of the week, you can find me on a court in the morning with friends.