The Avery Foundation's Mission

We Can Make a Difference!

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

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.

Thank You!

The 2nd Annual Founder's Gala

We want to thank everyone that came out to the Founder's Gala Saturday September 8th!  It was an amazing night!  Thanks to Gene Tully our master of ceremonies, Francis Henkels & Steve Morehead our auctioneers, the Loras College Jazz Band with Taylor Schroeder, Leslie Shalabi and Ken, the staff of Hotel Julien, all of our silent auction donors, all of our artist that donated their wonderful pieces of work and all our sponsors that made this night possible.  We doubled our attendance from last year and we doubled our funds raised!

Thank you!  Thanks you!  Thank you!

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
  • Hy-Vee South Locust St. Dubuque, Iowa
  • Mercy Hospital Gift Shop Dubuque, Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital Patient Library Madison, Wi.
  • Dubuque Public Library

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.

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."


A community of independent local bookstores!  Buy local with this link.

Thought of the Day

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.

Charles Schulz

Cancer patients you need that one little HOPE!  Hope is far more important for you than memories  right now.  With that one little HOPE you may make more and more stacks of memories for many years to come!

Ronald J. Avery

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

We do it because we're committed, because we're believers.

Christiane Amanpour

To me it sounds like Christiane is talking about cancer patients and their journey.  Cancer patients need to be committed to their journey.  They need to be believers in themselves.  They need to be believers in their medical team.  They need to be believers in the team they assembled around them.  They need to be believers in their faith.

Ronald J. Avery

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Thank God I have the right friends.

Chevy Chase

This is exactly what cancer patients should be saying.  They need the right friends to be there with them as they battle the evil beast, cancer.  They need them for their encouragement, for laughter, for crying, for their shoulder, for holding hands, for reading books, for sharing time and most importantly for just being a true friend!

Ronald J. Avery

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.

Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is so very good for cancer patients.  Like I have said many times, it is good medicine that needs to be taken several times daily.  It can be the tonic, the relief and the surcease for pain for all cancer patients.  So, sit down and watch some old Charlie Chaplin movies and get lost in laughter.  Let that laughter make the pain come to an end!

Ronald J. Avery

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.

Catherine the Great

I think Catherine the Great is talking to cancer patients.  Hopefully cancer patients can take that attitude with them into battle with their cancer.  Their courage will make them brave enough to fight on and mend their own disaster.

Ronald J. Avery

SEPTEMBER 22/23, 2018

Reach for it.  Push yourself as far as you can.

Christa McAuliffe

Cancer patients know they must reach for it each and every day.  They push themselves even on days when there is no strength.  Some days getting out of bed is a real tough push.  Hopefully their daily push will let them reach their goal of being cancer free.

Ronald J. Avery

Upcoming Events for The Avery Foundation

Community Night

Community Night @ Texas Roadhouse

Thursday, October 25th 4pm-10pm

Come dine with us at the Texas Roadhouse.  Bring the community night flier with you and show to your server or use your smart phone and show your server the invite from Facebook.  Texas Roadhouse will then donate back to us 10% of your receipt total!!

Community Night

Community Night @ Five Guys

Thursday, November 29th 4pm-10pm

Come dine with us at Five Guys Burger & Fries!  Bring the community night flier with, which will be available at a later date, and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds during this event!

Cancer Seminar

Keeping the Mind and Body Healthy when you have cancer.

Tuesday, October 9th @ 6:30pm in the club room at Hy-Vee South Locust St. Dubuque.

Amy Cordingley, MS, RD, LD, registered dietician with Hy-Vee will present on healthy eating habits when you have cancer.  Dr. Bobby Koneru, radiation oncologist, will discuss the newest treatments for cancer.  Ron Avery will present on how to keep the mind healthy during one's journey with cancer.

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. 

Cancer Facts for the New Year, 2018

Estimated new cases for 2018


1.735 million

2017 was estimated @ 1.689 million

Estimated deaths for 2018



2017 was estimated @ 600,000

Estimated new cases in Iowa for 2018


Estimated new cases for children 0-14 yrs old for 2018



More Facts

87% of cancer is diagnosed in 50+year olds.

40% of men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

38% of women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Smokers are 25 times more likely to get lung cancer than non smokers.

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!

The Hotel Julien


Thanks for believing in our mission!

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

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

Tim Olson - A City at Work

Peter Hamel-7G Distributing

Bobby Koneru, MD

Taylor Schroeder, CMD

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

AVERY FOUNDATION IS A 501c3 CHARITY.  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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