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.

Prayers & Good Thoughts Needed!

Russell Michels

This is my good friend Rusty.  This morning he headed off to the University of Iowa Hospital.  On Thursday November 8th he will undergo his 4th bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma.  He is a strong man and has been battling this cancer for 9 years.  Much longer than his first doctor gave him to survive.  He will make it through this one as well with our help of prayers and positive thoughts for him and his beautiful family.  Please, please help him!

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

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
  • 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

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

DECEMBER 3, 2018

Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation.

George W. Bush

Our wish is that faith will cross the border of all cancer patients and touch their heart.  Giving them the faith needed to complete their journey.

Prayers and thoughts this week to the Bush family as they lay President Bush, 41, to rest.

Ronald J. Avery

DECEMBER 4, 2018

While living I want to live well.


Cancer patients try to do the same.  My brother and sister both tried very hard to do this before they passed away.  Make a bucket list and go do it.  Try to have fun.  Do something you would normally not do.  Treat yourself to a night out once in a while.  Order the big steak and the lobster tail to go with it.  Make more friends.  Be nice to all.  Share your wisdom.

Ronald J. Avery

DECEMBER 5, 2018

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton

Cancer patients keep holding on.  All cancer patients show each day what true courage is.  They are holding on minute by minute by minute.  Every one of them should have a badge of courage placed on their chest.

Ronald J. Avery


America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

Harry S. Truman

Cancer patients, you were not built on fear.  You are made up of courage, imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.  Which is to battle your cancer the best you can using your courage, your determination to keep going until journey's end, and that imagination that you can be free from the cancer.  Show your COURAGE!

Ronald J. Avery

DECEMBER 7, 2018

What's coming will come and we'll just have to meet it when it does.

J. K. Rowling

For cancer patients, it has come, the cancer.  Now that they have their diagnosis they just need to meet it head on with faith, hope, determination, positivity, strength and courage.  Don't let the cancer have the upper hand.

Ronald J. Avery

DECEMBER 8/9, 2018

It is in the midst of disasters that bold men grow bolder.

Henry IV of France

For a person with cancer, they are in the midst of a great disaster, the cancer within them.  They should be bold in their efforts to fend off the cancer.  Be bold in positivity.  Be bold in faith and hope.  Be bold with their determination.  Be bold with their courage.  Be bold in their optimism.  Each day that boldness will grow and grow.  Be BOLD!

Ronald J. Avery

Upcoming Events for The Avery Foundation

Community Night

Community Night @ Your Pie

Thursday, January  24th 11am-9pm

Come dine with us at Your Pie.  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.  Your Pie will then donate back to us 15% of your receipt total!!

Saints4Life Game




Bobblehead night along with a meet and greet of the 1980-1981 Championship Team players!  Auction of memorabilia from that championship team.  Big 50/50 drawing to help fund the Avery Foundation!


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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