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 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

MARCH 25, 2019


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.


For a person with cancer, these are also the keys to unlocking the door to a healthy and cancer free self.  They should never give up hope, faith and the will to win!

Ronald J. Avery

MARCH 19, 2019


We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

People with cancer need to hold fast to these as well!  That their hope, belief, and conviction of a better life, a better world just beyond the horizon just may carry them there, to a better life in a better world without cancer.

Ronald J. Avery

MARCH 20, 2019


Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

Tony Robbins

Cancer patients, set goals for yourself in your battle with cancer.  Use your courage, faith and determination to reach those goals.  You just may make the invisible healthy and cancer free you become visible!

Ronald J. Avery  

MARCH 21, 2019


Never give in and never give up.

Hubert Humphrey

Cancer patients this is a good thought for you to remember each day as you face the evil beast.  Don't let him get the upper hand!

Ronald J. Avery

MARCH 22, 2019


Press forward.  Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.

George Whitefield

Cancer patients press forward, do not stop and do not linger on your journey.  Continue to strive for your goal.  You can do it.  Many are there for you.

Ronald J. Avery

MARCH 23/24, 2019


Time is long but life is short.

Stevie Wonder

People battling the evil beast know this very well.  On days when they are tired, weak and in pain, time is very long.  Seemingly the day last forever.  Having cancer makes one understand how short life really is.

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!


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

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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