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.

Founder's Quote

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

Ronald J. Avery

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Four Person Best Shot

Flighted Event with prizes

Flag events on every hole

Putting Contest

Chipping Contest

Win a brand new car!!!

A Hole-In-One on #7 will win you a brand new car from our friends at;


The Meadows Golf Club

11am registration

Noon shotgun start

$75 per person; includes golf, cart and catered meal following golf.

Reserve your foursome by emailing

Thought of the Day

MAY 18, 2018

For me life is continuously being hungry.  The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

For all cancer patients, they should be hungry to beat cancer and survive.  They need to move straight ahead to achieve their goal of conquering the evil beast and move upward with their life.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 19/20, 2018

I am still very much a kid inside myself.

Prince Harry

Cancer patients, find that kid inside you and let it bring you happiness, energy and that hope of better tomorrows.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 21, 2018

When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life.  Encouragement really does make a difference.

Zig Ziglar

Be the person giving encouragement to a cancer patient.  That encouragement you give does make a difference in their battle with cancer.  It's medicine they need to strengthen their determination, faith, courage and will.  Which will hopefully lead them to beating the cancer.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 15, 2018

I've had to learn to fight all my life-got to learn to keep smiling.  If you smile things will work out.

Serena Williams

Cancer patients are fighting for their life everyday.  Hopefully they can keep smiling through it all and things will work out for them.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 16, 2018

I feel like life is really short, and it's important to enjoy yourself and embrace whatever comes your way, whether it's a challenging day or a great day, just welcome it with open arms.  No matter who you are, you can't escape challenges; they are part of life.

Miranda Kerr

Yes, life is really short.  Everyday does bring new challenges and especially for cancer patients.  They need to embrace each day with open arms and let their courage, hope, bravery and faith take over.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 17, 2018

Don't ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life.  It's too short, and you're too special.

Ariana Grande

We said it yesterday and we'll say it again today.  Yes, life is too short!  Cancer patients get a much better sense of that.  They shouldn't doubt themselves that they can beat cancer.  They are very special and hopefully their confidence, courage, hope and faith will make their life long.

Ronald J. Avery

Thoughts and prayers needed!

Elizabeth Thilmany

UPDATE 04-07-2018:  GREAT news from Colorado!!  This strong girl has done it!  She had a check-up and received those wonderful words "CANCER FREE"!!  Elizabeth will continue her chemo treatments until June 28th.  She is planning a trip back to her school, the University of Maryland, to get registered for fall classes.  Way to go Elizabeth!!

Russell Michels

UPDATE 03-14-2018:  Russell needs our prayers and thoughts over the next couple of weeks.  His chemotherapy was stopped because his white count is low, his hemoglobin is low and his platelets are low.  He was taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque and has now been transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital.  PLEASE send him prayers and good thoughts!

UPDATE 03-26-2018:  Rusty had to get platelets and blood again.  He will have another biopsy in Iowa City on Friday to see why the bone marrow keeps failing.  PLEASE continue to pray for him and his wonderful family!

Salina Nelson

UPDATE 03-15-2018: Salina started chemotherapy last week. She is hanging there.  Her genetic tests have come back good as of now.  Please continue to pray for her during her chemotherapy treatments!

UPDATE 03-26-2018:  Salina was placed in ICU last night with a high fever, rapid heart rate, and a low white count.  She has improved throughout the day but is still very weak and tired.  PLEASE continue to pray for her and her beautiful family!

April Fundraising Promotions!

All 3 Dubuque Hy-Vee's

May 1st through the 31st Hy-Vee will run promotions with the following companies to raise funds for the Avery Foundation!

Orv's Pizza

Orv's Tasty Toppings Pizza will be 4/$11.00.  For every pizza sold, Orv's will donate $0.25 to the Avery Foundation!  Stock your freezer up this month with Orv's Pizza!

Higley Industries

Higley Industries will donate $0.25 for every bottle of their cleaners sold.  These cleaners out perform all national brands!

Coming events this summer!

1st Annual Avery Foundation Golf Tournament

The First Annual Avery Foundation Golf Tournament will be on June 11th, 2018 at The Meadows Golf Club in Asbury. This tournament will be presented by 7G Distributing home of the King of Beers, Budweiser.  This will be a four person best shot tournament.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Michael Oglesby Foundation's 5K

Our fellow foundation, The Michael W. Oglesby Foundation, will be having their 3rd Annual 5k Run/Walk to raise funds to KICK PANCREATIC CANCER.  Sign up today to help their cause!

2nd Annual Blue Grass NIght

The Cosmo Billy Band and four other bands will be playing live Saturday, August 18th at Happy's Place in Dubuque.  A night of great music and a silent auction.  More information to come at a later date.

Raising Awareness and Money

Shopping with FlipGive

Friends of Avery Foundation,

This year we want to make our fundraising efforts for Avery Foundation a lot easier by using a service called FlipGive. We just shop online with popular brands like Walmart, Apple, Under Armour or buy eGift cards to restaurants and our team will earn cash back!

To get started all you have to do is join the team and shop. We even earn an extra $5 when you make your first purchase.

Remember to visit our team store before you shop online, eat out, or travel so that our team will earn cash back. This is the easiest way to raise money, and we can actually buy the things we want with no extra fees!

Or if you're not ready to join yet here's a list of the brands and restaurants you can shop:

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

Catherine A. St. Jean - Vice President

Mary T. Avery -Secretary/Treasurer

Harvey D. Avery - COB Emeritus

James Carney - Hy-Vee Director

Nancy Diehm - Hospice of Dubuque

Rhonda K. Dunbar

Tim Olson - A City at Work

Ann Wertz

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

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.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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