On October 19, 2015, Hudson Solder – the three-month-old son of then New England Patriot lineman Nate Solder – was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor in his kidney.
Nate, a testicular cancer survivor, and his wife, Lexi, have asked that those wishing to support Hudson’s battle make a donation towards the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s (JAF) Tough Like My Dad Fund.
Proceeds of the Fund will benefit JAF’s mission of providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most. Because patients and families must often devote all of their energy and resources towards battling the disease, the Foundation helps alleviate financial and emotional stress by providing grants to assist with rent/mortgage payments, utilities, and other household expenses. This relief allows the Foundation’s grant recipients to focus on their fight against cancer and not on the financial distress that comes with it.
To date, the Foundation has awarded over $7.5 million in financial assistance grants, distributing over 11,000 grants to recipients experiencing financial barriers and impacting over 27,000 cancer patients and their family members.
“For years, I have been to this event, sitting and watching families tell their stories about how the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has helped them. You never know if you will be the one up here telling your story. Life is unpredictable and we will all be affected in one way or another by the devastating effects of this disease. All we can do is rally around each other when the tough times do come.”
– Nate Solder, 2015 JAF Gala Keynote Speech
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