I am running the 2020 Boston Marathon with team JAF in order to help raise funds for people who need financial assistance during their fight to survive. I am running for two special people in my life who are currently fighting cancer. I have seen first hand the financial effects cancer has on a person. When you are fighting to beat cancer, you shouldn't have to worry about how to pay for essential needs for everyday life. While undergoing treatment for cancer, various treatments are expensive or people can't work due to the side effects of the treatments. This can cause a financial burden on those undergoing treatment. Getting financial assistance while battling cancer can greatly help with a persons mental health which I believe is an important part of the treatment process. I think it is important to have organizations like JAF in order to help provide financial assistance to people undergoing treatment for various types of cancers. By running the Boston Marathon, I am able to raise awareness to the JAF organization and pay it forward to anyone fighting cancer during their treatments.
Cancer has not just affected me personally but professionally. I am an occupational therapist for the past 15 years working with adults in order to increase their independence. I have seen how cancer has effeted their ability to complete tasks which they love and be able to complete every day tasks. It has been a privalge to be a part of my paitents life and help in the recovery process.
I have been able to be an advocate for my patients during their recovery process. I am always grateful to learn of new resources to assistance my patients in anyway. I am glad to have recently learned about the JAF organization. I am able take this information and educate along with refer my patients who need assistance. I truly love what I do with the ability to promote independence, educate and assistance my patients.
My training and fundraising journey to the Boston Marathon will be challenging and difficult at time but it will be nothing in comparison to what people battling cancer go through.
Thank you in advance for your support financially or with encouraging words during this journey. I appreciate any help for me to reach my goal!!
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.