Football fans know the name Joe Andruzzi. He played most of his NFL career with the New England Patriots. During his time there he helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. In 2007 Joe was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. He got off the football field and prepared for his fight against cancer.
Joe beat cancer, but learned the toll that it took on him and his family. So Joe and his wife, Jen created the Joe Andruzzi Foundation to help cancer patients and their families in all aspects of their fight against cancer.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe about one of the programs at his foundation called Giving Tuesday, how people can help his foundation, fatherhood and football.
Joe, Jen and the entire Joe Andruzzi Foundation do tremendous work. If you are looking to give back this holiday season make sure you check out their site and give to a worthy cause.
About The Joe Andruzzi Foundation
Founded by former New England Patriots three-time Super Bowl-winning offensive guard Joe Andruzzi and his wife Jen in 2008, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) grew out of Joe’s own successful battle with cancer and the couple’s work with young cancer patients.
In 2003, before cancer struck their own family, Joe and Jen founded the C.J. Buckley Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of a young friend – C.J. Buckley – who lost his battle with brain cancer months after meeting the Andruzzis. Over the years, JAF contributed $850,000 to the fund.
In 2007, Joe was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma, ending his football career. Joe would go on to beat the disease and remains cancer free today, but a new passion grew from his own battle: helping less-fortunate patients and their families. After witnessing first-hand the stress cancer can cause, Joe and his wife, Jen, created the Joe Andruzzi Foundation to help cancer patients and their families meet life’s day-to-day challenges.
Today, JAF provides financial assistance to patients and families residing in New England, helping them focus on recovery – not bills.
For more on Joe and his great foundation go to his website at joeandruzzifoundation.org.
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