Hi everyone! Thank you so much for visiting my page.
Every year that I attend the Marathon as a spectator, I always leave in awe of the runners, the strangers cheering on said runners, and just the overall chills you get just walking down Boylston. Every year, I leave wanting to run the next year. And now is the time! I am SO excited to be joining Team JAF in running the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2020!!
In February 2018, I received a call that turned my world upside down. My mom, my best friend, my biggest role model, was diagnosed with bladder cancer and I was the one to first tell her. I have never felt so defeated in my entire life.
I hear and see and say the word "cancer" almost daily in my line of work as Nurse Practitioner. It's never easy to tell a patient or a family member this devastating news or see what they endure in the coming weeks, months, and even years. It's especially difficult to say those words to your healthy, only 58 years old MOM. Fast forward less than a year, after several months of surgery, medications, and chemotherapy & my mom was cancer free!!
I am running for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in honor of my mom, my many family members, and everyone else affected by this horrible disease.
Please read below about JAF's mission:
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.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) was established to serve cancer patients of all ages throughout New England who experience the hidden costs of cancer as a result of a diagnosis. Cancer-related income loss or reduction combined with rising treatment costs often leads to financial stress as families struggle to cover their everyday expenses. JAF understands that crucial living expenses are not put on hold because of a diagnosis, and our Financial Assistance Program helps alleviate financial stress through the distribution of grants and gift cards to assist with rent/mortgage payments, utilities, food, and other household expenses.