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.

Author Night

River Lights Bookstore

A book every cancer patient can use  as a tool to help them during their journey.

Dr. Emily Winslow, oncologist at University of Wisconsin, said "we are very good at giving the medical advice, but are lacking at helping on the mental side.  This book fills that void."

Tom Oglesby of KCRD said,  "this book should be on every cancer patient's night stand."

Dr. Bobby Koneru, radiation oncologist said, "Ron has sincerely been a champion for cancer patients."

Learn More

River Lights Bookstore is a locally owned and operated store on Main Street in the heart of the growing downtown of Dubuque.

Founder's Quote

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

Ronald J. Avery

365 Days for Hope!

Available NOW @ River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque!!

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.

Tickets now available for the Founder's Gala!

$30 for single tickets

$200 for a table of 8

Reserve your tickets by emailing

Thought of the Day

AUGUST 13, 2018

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.

Barbara Walters

For cancer patients, that mountain is Mt. Cancer.  The journey over this mountain is not a sprint race, it is a difficult marathon.  Take it one step at a time with courage, hope, faith and determination.

Ronald J. Avery

AUGUST 14, 2018

I'm going to go on just living and laughing and loving.

Billy Crystal

These are great words for cancer patients to live by.  Don't ever stop living your life.  Laughing and loving are great medicine for you.  You keep laughing and loving and your living days grow,

Ronald J. Avery

AUGUST 15, 2018

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.

C. C. Scott

Cancer patients, try to remember this daily during your journey.  Especially on those hard days when it is tough to get out of bed and the pain is great.  Fall back on your human spirit and let it carry you through the day.

Ronald J. Avery

AUGUST 16, 2018

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

Benjamin Franklin

When a person receives a cancer diagnosis the sun seems to stop shinning.  Their shadow no longer with them.  If they look around and that many friends are not there with them for this, well those people are false friends.  Their true friends are right there with them to give them support, love, give them positive thoughts, make them laugh, cry with them, hold their hand and give them hugs.  That my friends are the true friends.  With true friends the sun will shine on you again.

Ronald J. Avery

AUGUST 10, 2018

Difficult times often bring out the best in people.

Bernie Sanders

Cancer patients definitely go through difficult times during their journey.  So often that journey of theirs does/will bring out the best in them.  You hear it from many survivors that this is indeed the case.  Let us all hope that all cancer patients can bring forth their best and become survivors.

Ronald J. Avery

AUGUST 11/12, 2018

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

Ben Hogan

Cancer patients may have more urgency to make sure they do this.  They should live their life to the fullest possible way, stopping to smell the roses and all that is good in life.  As Mr. Hogan said, "you only get to play one round."  You just never know how long that round will be.

Ronald J. Avery

Coming events this summer!

1st Annual Avery Foundation Memorial

The First Annual Avery Foundation Golf Tournament will be on September 18th, 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.

The Founder's Gala

Our 2nd Annual Founder's Gala will be at the historic Hotel Julien this year on Saturday, September 8th from 5pm-10pm.  Music by the Loras College Jazz Band, singing performance by Leslie Shalabi, silent auction, great food & drinks and of course our live fine art auction.  Single tickets are $30 and a table of 8 is $200.  R.S.V.P. to

2nd Annual Blue Grass NIght

Prairie Creek Station, Broom Street Drifters and Raldo Schneider & Friends 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

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

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.

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