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.

Rescheduled for September 18th!!

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

JULY 21/22, 2018

I think cancer is a hard battle to fight alone or with another person at your side, but I will say having someone to pick you up when you fall, stand by your side through every appointment and delivery of bad news, is priceless.

Jenna Morasca

Jenna has been there and experienced this. We have said it many times here, a cancer patient cannot battle alone.  There is the great need to have a team around of people who care for and love you.  It is also important to have that one person, a point person, the one who will hold your hand, will pick you up, will cry with you and will love with you.  It is very much so, priceless.

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 16, 2018

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

Cancer patients try to have great optimism about your journey.  That optimism will give you the necessary courage to fight the evil beast, cancer.

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 17, 2018

My family and friends were definitely the key to my recovery.  One thing that I do suggest is that anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness like cancer, choose a point person for people to call to find out how you are doing-a sister, brother, mother, father, daughter, son, or a close friend.

Oliva Newton-John

Oliva know this very well as she is a cancer survivor herself.  Her suggestion for a point person is very good.  That person can take a lot of stress off the cancer patient.  Giving them more energy to fight their cancer.  Stress is very, very bad for a cancer patient.  Anything that can be done to reduce that is great!

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 18, 2018

I would never call myself a cancer survivor because I think it devalues those who do not survive.  There's this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become survivors.  Well, the ones who don't survive may be just as brave, you know, just as courageous, wonderful people.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Very well said Barbara!  Jim and Julie were very brave, courageous and wonderful people.  We all know many more who did not survive that were the same, Michael Oglesby, Charles W. Avery I, Ann Schroeder, Patrick Swayze, Paul Newman, Ted Kennedy, William Rehnquist, Bob Denver, Jerry Orbach, John Wayne, David Bowie, Walt Disney, Dennis Hopper, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Bob Marley, Steve Jobs, Fred Rodgers, Jackie Kennedy, and on and on.  Very safe to say that they all were very brave, courageous and wonderful people!

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 19, 2018

It's never about the chemo; it's never about the cancer.  It's all about what you're willing to put in to overcome whatever the obstacle is.

Eric Berry

Eric knows this all to well!  He was diagnosed with his cancer while he was in the NFL playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.  He was willing to put in a lot to overcome his cancer.  So much so, that he overcame and he returned his body to great physical strength to return to the Chiefs and become an All-Pro player.  His is a great story.  What will your story be?

Ronald J. Avery

JULY 20, 2018

What is time, really?  When you are diagnosed with a terminal terminal disease like cancer or leukemia, your perception of time changes.

Craig Sager

Craig knew this from his experience with cancer, a cancer which took his life too early.  My sister Julie wrote of the time issue as well when she was battling cancer.  Cancer patients who have a terminal diagnosis have a much different perception of time than you and I. We must respect that from them.  As Julie said, "we are their time."

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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