Let's Provide a Ray of Hope to Cancer Patients and Their Families

Learn more about our grants for cancer patients in the Dubuque, IA and Tri-state area

We want to be a rainbow in cancer patients' stormy clouds! - Ronald J. Avery, Founder

Cancer patients and their families shouldn't have to scrape by. As an organization that helps cancer patients financially, the Avery Foundation alleviates that stress by providing grants to pay for unexpected expenses.

In 2020, we awarded 89 grants, reaching over $98,000, to cancer patients and their families in the Tri-State area. We paid for gas, meals and hotel rooms thanks to donations from donors like you.

To find out how you can get involved, contact our Dubuque, IA organization today.

Grant Application

The Avery Foundation will help patients and their families with the unexpected expenses of travel, meals and lodging during their treatments out of town or patients traveling into Dubuque for treatments. For example: If your physician refers you to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota we would help pay for fuel, meals while there and your lodging. Receipts must be kept for meals and lodging and sent in with the Grant Application. We would also help if a patient is traveling into Dubuque from Galena with their fuel and meals. These expenses add undue stress into an already stressful time for you. That is why we are here. To relieve some of that stress and let you concentrate all your bodily resources to the battle at hand.

How We Pay on the Grants

• Mileage is paid at $0.45 per mile based on mapquest from patient's home to cancer center.
• Hotel stays will be paid up to $125 a night, receipts needed.
• Meals will be paid up to the following; breakfast $7, lunch $10 and dinner $15, receipts needed
• Other assistance may be available for cost of comfort medications or medical equipment or supplies not covered by insurance, receipts needed
• Discounted prescription drug plan NOW available through Hartig Drug for Avery Foundation Patients.

Download the application from there, complete the application and attach receipts.

Then mail to:

Avery Foundation
3058 Deerwood Circle
Dubuque, Iowa 52003

All applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors within 30 days of receiving. A completed application does not guarantee payments. All information requested is needed for the Board to make their decision.

A brief explanation of our Foundation from our founder.

We can make a difference!

With care and concern for patients and families dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis, we want to help relieve some of the financial burden created by the cost of treatments.



MTX Group

We are very pleased to announce that the Founder and CEO of MTX, Das Nobel and the CMO Nipa Nobel made a commitment of $2 MILLION to the Avery Foundation at a Board of Directors dinner Friday August 27th at the Driftless Club in Dubuque. This on the 39th Anniversary of the death of Julie M. Avery who the Foundation honors.

Earlier that day at a tour of the new MercyOne Cancer Center in Dubuque, Das and Nipa announced a $10 MILLION donation to the center. They will also be partnering with MercyOne on cancer research.


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