The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) delivered two mattress sets to two cancer patients in North Attleboro and Attleboro on Thursday, Dec. 15.
Three-time Super Bowl champion, former New England Patriot and JAF Chief Engagement Officer Joe Andruzzi and JAF President and CEO Jen Andruzzi were on hand for the deliveries to local families, which included new sheet sets and comforters provided by the Foundation.
The two recipients were Dean Tello, 54, of North Attleborough, who is diagnosed with Stage IV gastrointestinal cancer, and Adelia Medeiros, 59, of Attleboro, diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.
“We are so thrilled that we raised enough funds on Giving Tuesday to support our recipients like Adelia and Dean, this holiday season,” said Jen. “We hope that today’s deliveries brought joy and removed some of the stress these families feel as they continue their fight against this horrific disease.”
This year, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation raised $50,000 on Giving Tuesday, as part of their campaign to ‘Put Financial Toxicity to Bed.’ Bob’s Discount Furniture matched all donations up to $25,000, and for every $5,000 raised, Bob’s donated a mattress that will be delivered to a cancer patient in at least six states. In total, ten mattress sets are scheduled to be donated to Joe Andruzzi Foundation cancer patients throughout New England.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be affiliated with an exceptional organization like the Joe Andruzzi Foundation,” said Rob Ringler, Regional Manager for Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Their mission of providing year-round help and financial relief to cancer patients in New England is the true essence of the holiday spirit. We hope our investment provides additional support to the Foundation while offering direct assistance to those New Englanders that need it most.”
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation helps New Englanders battling cancer through a variety of grants including Household Assistance, Extraordinary Needs, Food Security Assistance, Transportation Assistance, (Up)Beat Opportunities and additional resources. In 2021, more than $1 million was distributed in direct assistance to help 3,762 individuals with financial assistance to pay for housing, transportation, utilities, food, insurance, and other household expenses.
In 2021, more than $1 million was distributed in direct assistance to help 3,762 individuals with financial assistance to pay for housing, transportation, utilities, food, insurance, and other household expenses. Since 2008, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has been able to grant nearly $10 million in support to thousands of cancer patients and their families across New England.