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.

Sunrise of 2019

Happy, Healthy & Joyful New Year


The Avery Foundation would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and joy filled 2019!  As the sun rises on 2019, we continue to hope for a cure to cancer, we continue to hope for fewer cancer diagnoses, we continue to hope for fewer cancer deaths...we must continue to HOPE!

Prayers and good thoughts needed again!

Mike Tullis

Mike is a friend of mine from my days with Hy-Vee.  We first worked together in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls market back in the 1990's.  Mike is the best produce guy in the business!  He still works for Hy-Vee as a produce supervisor.  Mike was recently diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer with tertiary 5 secondary cancer.  He had a successful surgery, but his numbers are going back up again.  Please pray and send him some good thoughts for those numbers to go back down so he does not have to start chemo!


Russell Michels

Rusty is doing a little better day by day.  Recovering at his home in Bellevue, Iowa.  This is a very long recovery and he is hanging in there.  Some good days and some not so good.  


Mark Chapman

I saw Mark yesterday and he looks much better than a few months ago!  His rounds of chemo are now completed and he heads to the University of Wisconsin Tuesday for an appointment for his transplant.  We need to continue to keep him in our thoughts and pray for continued success.

Bryce Parks

Mr. Toys for Tots is recovery well from his surgery.  He still is a bit sore, but very happy he did the surgery.  Let's continue to pray for a speedy recovery and for good numbers on his next check-up.

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
  • 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

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

JANUARY 14, 2019


With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Cancer patients remember that with the new day you will have new strength.  Yesterday is gone and today can be a better day.  Let the new day bring you positive thoughts to keep your faith burning, your hopes alive and well, and your dreams within reach.

Ronald J. Avery

JANUARY 15, 2019


In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside you.

Deepak Chopra

This is very important for people who are battling cancer.  They have plenty of movement and chaos going on in their life.  Keeping the stillness in them will help the remain positive, keep the faith, keep hope, keep determined and keep their courage high.  Letting the chaos in will have very negative effects on them.

Ronald J. Avery

JANUARY 16, 2019


Procrastination is the thief of time.

Edward Young

Cancer patients can not lose any time.  If they do, they give their cancer a head start in their battle.  They should start that battle right out of the gates from the doctor's office.

Ronald J. Avery

JANUARY 17, 2019


Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cancer patients believe in yourself!  Don't let your cancer take that confidence away!  Let that magic make one special thing happen...make it carry you through your entire journey and let you come out a fresh healthy you!

Ronald J. Avery

JANUARY 18, 2019


It's our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting.  Are they fun when they happen?  No.  But they are what makes unique.  And that's what I know for sure...I think.

Ellen DeGeneres

People with cancer have plenty of challenges and obstacles.  They are the most interesting people in the world and know they can do their own Dos Equis Beer commercial saying just that!  Many cancer survivors will tell you that the experience did give them more depth and uniqueness.

Ronald J. Avery

JANUARY 12/13, 2019


Failure seldom stops you.  What stops you is the fear of failure.

Jack Lemmon

Cancer patients don't let fear of failure stop you.  Failure for you is not dying.  Failure for you is not fighting, is being negative, is not living your life the best you can each day and so on.  Jim and Julie, who this Foundation honors, both died from their cancer, but by no means did they fail!  Understanding what failure is will keep the fear away.

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!!


Community NIght

Community Night @ Tony Roma's

Wednesday, February 27th 5pm-9pm

Come and enjoy some great food with us!  15% of your receipt will be donated back to the Avery Foundation!


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!


Community Night

Community Night @ Hy-Vee Market Grille

Thursday, March 21st 4pm-9pm

Join us for some awesome food from a great menu!  Hy-Vee will donate back a portion of your receipt to the Avery 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!

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-Wendt Cancer Center

Taylor Schroeder, CMD-Paramount Oncology Group

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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