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.

Prayers & Good Thoughts Needed!

Russell Michels

This is my good friend Rusty.  This morning he headed off to the University of Iowa Hospital.  On Thursday November 8th he will undergo his 4th bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma.  He is a strong man and has been battling this cancer for 9 years.  Much longer than his first doctor gave him to survive.  He will make it through this one as well with our help of prayers and positive thoughts for him and his beautiful family.  Please, please help him!

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
  • 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

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

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Cancer stops you in your tracks.  It really makes you think about what's important.  In a second, life can change.  Don't ever forget to say thank you for love and family.  What good is your success without them?

Jaclyn Smith

Yes, cancer does stop you in your tracks.  Family and friends are very important to a cancer patient, not only before their diagnosis, but during their treatments.  The patient will need them close to have a successful journey.  Be thankful for them.  They are the heart of the patient's  team that will battle for them.

Ronald J. Avery

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.

Dante Alighieri

Cancer patients let your diagnosis be that tiny spark for you.  Let is spark mighty flames within you to burn away your cancer.  Let that tiny spark explode into determination and strength for your fight.

Ronald J. Avery

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Our patience will achieve more than our strength.

Edmund Burke 

Most times this is the approach cancer patients need to take with their battle.  Cancer won't be knocked out with one punch.  Be patient and follow the road map for your journey that your physicians laid out for  you.  Execute that plan the best you can with patience, hope, determination and inner strength.

Ronald J. Avery

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you.  True power is sitting back and observing things with logic.  True power is restraint.  If words control you that means everyone else can control you.  Breathe and allow things to pass.

Warren Buffet

Getting a cancer diagnosis will be something that gives you an emotional reaction.  The key here is to have that emotional reaction and put it behind you.  Then observe everything with logic that your medical team is throwing at you.  Restrain yourself from getting emotional.  Turn the emotion into determination and self strength.  Let it give you the power needed to fight cancer  so cancer cannot control you!

Ronald J. Avery

NOVEMBER 9, 2018

Even though life is bleak, there's hope out there.

Danielle Steel

Cancer patients, life does seem bleak at times for you.  BUT, there is always HOPE out there.  Never forget that!  Never give up on HOPE!  Let HOPE lift you up and carry you to journey's end.  Without HOPE, there is only darkness.

Ronald J. Avery

NOVEMBER 10/11, 2018


They had no right to win.  Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war...even against the greatest off odds, there is something in the human spirit-a magic blend of skill, faith and valor that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.

Walter Lord

This reminds me on many personal cancer stories I have heard.  It reminds me of the battle my friend Rusty is having right now.  Nine years ago when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, his doctors told him he had 8-12 months to live.  He had no right to win, but like the American men in the Battle of Midway, he did win against the greatest of odds.  He has that magic blend of skill, faith and valor that lifted him to incredible victory.  And now, as he battles this horrendous disease again, I pray that he has the same results as he has had the last nine years.  Rusty is a hero to many!

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 @ Five Guys

Thursday, November 29th 4pm-10pm

Come dine with us at Five Guys Burger & Fries!  Bring the community night flier with, which will be available at a later date, and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds during this event!


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

Nancy Diehm-Vice President

Mary T. Avery -Secretary/Treasurer

Harvey D. Avery - COB Emeritus

James Carney - Hy-Vee Director

Rhonda K. Dunbar

Tim Olson - A City at Work

Peter Hamel-7G Distributing

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

AVERY FOUNDATION IS A 501c3 CHARITY.  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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