The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile, for New England cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most.I was first impacted by cancer in the 8th grade, when my best friend was diagnosed with Non-Hodjkins Lymphoma. She was so sick at the time of diagnosis that if the chemo didn’t work, she only had a few months to live. Her mom had to quit her job to stay with her in the hospital, family members pitched in to help with her younger brothers, and medical bills piled up. When a family is going through something like that, the last thing they should have to worry about is how they are going to pay for the medical bills. Thankfully the chemo worked (!) and 20 years later she is still my best friend.
Cancer continues to impact my life every day. It does not discriminate against who it touches, or who it takes. When my boss (and very dear friend) passed away after bravely battling breast cancer,I was devastated by her loss. And as a hairstylist, my clients confide in me about their own personal battles or losses every day. Hearing their stories makes me realize how far-reaching (and how devastating) cancer’s touch can be. It also makes me realize that I want to help those struggling with a cancer diagnosis in any way that I can. Helping those battling this awful disease is something that is very near and dear to my heart. It’s the passion to have an impact, and the passion to help, that is driving me to run my [11th] marathon. I am honored to represent and raise money for the Joe Andruzzi foundation because I know that every dollar raised is going to giving light and hope to those struggling under the weight of a cancer diagnosis.