The Avery Foundation's Mission

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.


UPDATE-Mark Chapman


Mark's recovery from his transplant for multiple myeloma is going well.  His blood work looks good and his blood pressure is awesome.  He is ahead of pace on his recovery.  In two weeks he heads up to Madison to see if he is in remission.  So please pray for that and send him some good thoughts.

UPDATE-Steve Deutmeyer


Steve has had two surgeries on his throat cancer.  He is doing well and looking great for just having surgeries.  He has one more to go.  So let's continue to pray for him and send him positive thoughts!

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 undo 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 $75 a night.

• Meals will be paid up to the following; breakfast $7, lunch $10 and dinner $15.

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.


Our New Pillar Donor!!

MTX Group, Inc.

We are excited and fortunate to announce that the international MTX Group has made a long term commitment to our Foundation as our Pillar Donor!

More information to come soon!

A big thanks to them for blief in our Foundation and our Mission!

Learn More About MTX

Checkout MTX's website to learn more about this great company!

MTX Website



Because of your great support of the Avery Foundation and our mission, we were able to award 17 grants in 2018 to cancer patients right here in the Tri-States!


With your continued support we will be able to award even more grants in 2019.  We will have events each month to raise funds for grants.  You may also donate at the bottom of this page.


Founder's Quote


We want to be a rainbow in cancer patient's stormy clouds!

Ronald J. Avery

365 Days for Hope!

Available NOW @ at the following locations!

  • River Lights Book Store Dubuque, Iowa
  • Blooming Branches Guttenberg, Iowa
  • Hy-Vee South Locust St. Dubuque, Iowa
  • Hy-Vee Dodge St. Dubuque, Iowa
  • Hy-Vee NW Arterial Rd. Dubuque, Iowa
  • Medical Associates Dubuque, Iowa
  • Wendt Cancer Center Dubuque, Iowa
  • Mercy Hospital Gift Shop Dubuque, Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital Patient Library Madison, Wi.
  • Carnegie Stout Library Dubuque, Iowa
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Dragonfly Online Bookstore Decorah, Iowa
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center Patient Library Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dubuque Museum of Art
  • Waverly Public Library
  • Musser Public Library Muscatine, Iowa

This book gives daily inspiration to cancer patients, by offering hope and positive thoughts for their journey with the disease.

The Avery Foundation is helping cancer patients with the unexpected expenses during treatments for cancer. A portion of the sale of this book goes to the Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the lives, memories, and legacies of James D. Avery and Julie M. Avery.

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Oncologist Dr. Booby Koneru

He says "this book provides patients with daily insights and inspiration."  He went on to say "for cancer patients, having this book can be a needed reminder for hope and meaning as they navigate through their journey."



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Thought of the Day

JULY 16, 2019


Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.

Neil Armstrong


People battling cancer should not get overconfident in the outcome of that battle.  When someone does, that cancer just may snap up and bite them.  Be confident, be steady, be tenacious, be hopeful, but DO NOT be overconfident!

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 17, 2019


Even though it meant more chemo, even though I know my immune system would be destroyed and then rebuilt again, cell by cell, I had only one thought: "I want to live!"

Robin Roberts

My hope is that every cancer patient let life out weigh the negatives of cancer and strive to live on!

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 18, 2019


I am not afraid.  I was born to do this.

St. Joan of Arc

Those of you battling cancer, wake up tomorrow with Joan of Arc's thought instilled in you heart, mind and soul.  You are no longer afraid of your cancer.  You were born to kick cancer's a _ _!

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 19, 2019


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

Erma Bombeck

Cancer patients, if your oncologist has dead office plants find a new one right away that has the gift of life.

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 20/21, 2019


A family needs to work as a team, supporting each other's individual aims and aspirations.

Buzz Aldrin

Man on the moon 50 years ago today

This is so very important for a cancer patient.  They need all the support and love they can get during their journey.  You need a team for a successful journey.

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 15, 2019


You've got to have an attitude if you're going to go far in this game.

Bob Gibson

This is exactly true for a person battling cancer as well.  You have to have a bit of an attitude towards the cancer if you are going to go far in the battle with it.  Hopefully Mr. Gibson remembers this as he begins his battle against pancreatic cancer.


Ronald J. Avery

Update on the MercyOne Cancer Center


May 22, 2019

Another step on the journey for a comprehensive cancer center for Dubuque!


Beam Signing

This beam will be visible in the radiation room of the new cancer center.


Cancer Center Team

Glad to there and help Kay Takes and her team mark this mile stone!

Raising Awareness and Money


Avery Foundation joins AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Avery Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the Foundation. 

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. 

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Avery Foundation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


You can still donate through Facebook or PayPal

Because of people like you Facebook was able to raise $45 million for causes around the world. And to make sure you can keep giving back to the causes you care about, Facebook and PayPal  no longer charge fees for nonprofit fundraisers. 

Our Founding Donors!



All 3 Dubuque locations;

400 South Locust St.

3500 Dodge St.

2395 NW Arterial Rd.

7G Distributing


Home to the King of beers


Radio Dubuque


92.9 Kat FM

KDTH AM 1370

The Rock 97.3

The River 101.1


Telegraph Herald


Where Dubuque goes to find it's news!


Cornerstone Donors

Prairie Farms Dairy


Dubuque's Hometown Dairy!

Premier Bank


Involved in our community!

Runde Auto Group


Supporting many good causes in the community!

Hotel Julien Dubuque

Home to the Founder's Gala!

Home to the Founder's Gala!!


Driftless Social Club

The NEWEST venue to the Millwork District of Dubuque!

The newest venue to the historic Millwork District in Dubuque!

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Our Journey is just starting, stay tuned as we build this organization.

Avery Foundation


Board of Directors

Ronald J. Avery - Founder/President/COB/CEO

Nancy Diehm-Vice President

Mary T. Avery -Secretary/Treasurer

Harvey D. Avery - COB Emeritus

James Carney - Hy-Vee Director

Rhonda K. Dunbar

Peter Hamel-7G Distributing

Bobby Koneru, MD-Paramount Oncology

Taylor Schroeder, CMD-Paramount Oncology 

Sheri Garner, RN-Medical Associates

Biographies of James & Julie Avery

Download or open Jim and/or Julie's life stories with  their inspirational poetry.  

Who was Julie Avery? (pdf)


Who was James Avery? (pdf)


Help Our Cause


With care and concern for families and patients dealing with treatments for cancer The Avery Foundation wants to help with the stress of those struggling with the added costs of travel, meals, and lodging.

  • 501C3
  • EIN# 82-1688382
  • DLN# 17053165338037
  • Effective date April 17, 2017
  • Contribution deductibility: YES

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