Since his retirement in August 2021 after almost 34 years of working in the public sector, Tom has been active in 501c3 nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and first responders. Throughout the years, he has volunteered on many committees for various fundraising groups.
What drove you to become a supporter of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
Back in 2010, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt lymphoma. Fortunately for my family, I had great benefits through my job which made it easier for me to focus on my treatment. While hospitalized, I struck up a conversation with one of my nurses who mentioned there was a foundation that provided assistance to cancer patients and their families. My immediate comment was that my family was going to be fine, but I would like to help that organization when I completed my treatment. Ever since my oncologist at Dana Farber connected me with JAF, my friends and I have been hosting golf tournaments in Central Massachusetts to benefit the Foundation.
What is your favorite thing about being a JAF Board Member?
The ability to work with others who share similar interests and passion in helping families in need. It provides me with an opportunity to continue to support and help grow the JAF mission.