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.


Mark Chapman


Mark has multiple myeloma.  Last week he had 5.8 million stem cells harvested at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.  This morning, March 26, he had the stem cell transplant.  He reports that he is doing well and will be on the road to recovery.  This is a long and difficult road so we need to send Mark good thoughts and prayers!

Russell Michels


Rusty has multiple myeloma.  Last fall he had his 4th transplant.  I had the pleasure of visiting Rusty this afternoon at his home in Bellevue, Iowa.  He is doing well, but he still has some cancer in his bone marrow and is undergoing chemotherapy again.  He continues to need our good thoughts and prayers.  He has been fighting this evil beast for 9 years now!  He is a hero and champion to all of us!  Keep fighting Rusty!

Prayers and good thoughts needed again!

Steve Deutmeyer

Steve is another good Hy-Vee friend.  We worked together in the Water/Cedar Falls market for many years.  Steve is the current Store Director at the Hy-Vee on Dodge St. Dubuque.  Last Tuesday he was diagnosed with throat cancer.  Good news with that bad news is that it was caught early.  He will head to the University of Iowa on March 4th for a consultation.  Please keep Steve and his family in your prayers and thoughts.  Another great one bitten by the evil beast!

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.



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

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

APRIL 15, 2019


When one must, one can.

Charlotte Whitton

Cancer patients have a very hard journey they must endure.  They can look to Whitton's words for inspiration.  When one must, one can.

Ronald J. Avery

APRIL 16, 2019


He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.

Sun Tzu

People with cancer need to know this for their battle with the evil beast.  There will be those days where there is no strength and no fight in them.  Those are the days they need to rest and gather strength for the battle tomorrow.  When they get this down to a science, they just may beat the beast.

Ronald J. Avery

APRIL 17, 2019


When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Peter Marshall

People battling cancer have life difficulties!  No doubt about that.  When they come out on the other side of that battle they will be strong as an oak and feeling as tall as an oak.  They have faced contrary winds.  Their smile will shine and glisten like diamonds and they will feel like a million bucks.  They made it through under great pressure.

Ronald J. Avery

APRIL 18, 2019


The eagle has no fear of adversity.  We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!

Joyce Meyer

Cancer patients, try to be like the eagle as well  Have a fearless spirit in your battle with your cancer.  Make your cancer try to swim away from you.  Like the fish in the river does from the eagle.  With this fearless spirit you just may conquer your cancer!

Ronald J. Avery

APRIL 19, 2019


If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to do so from the neck up instead of from the neck down.

Jimmy Doolittle

77 years ago on April 18, 1942 Jimmy Doolittle lead the Tokyo Raid in his B-25 bomber.

A person with cancer needs to battle the evil beast this way, from the neck up.  The mental side of this battle is so very important!  They need to keep a positive attitude, keep faith and hope ever on their mind, be determined and persistent, be a dreamer, have goals and have a lot of mental strength.  These could carry them to victory.

Ronald J. Avery

APRIL 13/14, 2019


You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake.  It's like, "see if you can blow this out."

Jerry Seinfeld

Cancer patients, let this be your goal!  That you will reach that age where you only get that one candle on your cake.  And, that you will have many more of those one candle celebrations after your first!

Ronald J. Avery

Upcoming Events for the Foundation


Community Night

Community Night @ Caroline's Restaurant

Thursday, April 25th 4pm-9pm

Join us at the historic Hotel Julien downstairs at Caroline's for great food.  Caroline's will donate a portion of your receipt to the Avery Foundation!


Community Day

Community Day @ Catfish Charlies

Thursday, May 9th 11am-9pm

Join us for great food, great drinks and great company!  Charlie will donate 15% of your receipt back to the Avery Foundation!


Community Night

Community Night @ Panera Bread

Thursday June 20th 4pm-8pm

Join us for great soup, great salads and great sandwiches!  Panera will donate a portion of your receipt back to 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. 

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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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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