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.


Mark Chapman


Mark has multiple myeloma.  Last week he had 5.8 million stem cells harvested at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.  This morning, March 26, he had the stem cell transplant.  He reports that he is doing well and will be on the road to recovery.  This is a long and difficult road so we need to send Mark good thoughts and prayers!

Russell Michels


Rusty has multiple myeloma.  Last fall he had his 4th transplant.  I had the pleasure of visiting Rusty this afternoon at his home in Bellevue, Iowa.  He is doing well, but he still has some cancer in his bone marrow and is undergoing chemotherapy again.  He continues to need our good thoughts and prayers.  He has been fighting this evil beast for 9 years now!  He is a hero and champion to all of us!  Keep fighting Rusty!

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
  • Musser Public Library Muscatine, Iowa

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

MAY 14, 2019


I spend a lot of time thinking of the Hereafter-each time I enter a room I wonder what I'm here after.

Tim Conway

Cancer patients, don't spend any time thinking of the Hereafter.  Only think of the here after like Mr. Conway.  Hopefully your Hereafter is not for a very long time.

Tim Conway was a legend.  I remember growing up watching him on the Carol Burnett show.  I never laughed so hard in my life!  Laughter is good medicine for cancer patients.  I would recommend watching some of those old skits from the Carol Burnett Show and laugh away!

R.I.P. Mr. Conway!

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 15, 2019


When you come up against trouble, it's never half as bad if you face up to it.

John Wayne

This is a good quote for cancer patients to read.  They have come up against great trouble, their cancer.  The best avenue for their journey is exactly what the Duke said, "face up to it."  Let that cancer know it's in for a hell of a fight.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 16, 2019


The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.

James Madison

Cancer patients, stand in the line for the circulation of confidence.  Do not waste your time with the money.  Money will not help you one little bit in your battle with cancer.  Confidence on the other hand can carry you a very long way in that battle.  Confidence is better than money, just like President Madison said.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 17, 2019


Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life...

Martina Navratilova

This is very important for person that just got diagnosed with cancer.  How will they face up to the cancer?  What attitude will they take into every day life that now involves cancer?  Hopefully they stand nose to nose with the cancer and don't blink.  Then they take a positive attitude into each and every day.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 18/19, 2019


Anyone who has cancer, they take it one day at a time.

Jim Kelly

Obviously Mr. Kelly knows what he is talking about.  He has lived it.  Take it one day at a time with small daily victories.  Take all the 3-4 yard gains you can get.  Don't go for the hail Mary.

Ronald J. Avery

MAY 13, 2019


We're all dreamers.

Ray Bradberry

Cancer patients cream away.  Dream of those days in the future when you are healthy and cancer free.  Dream of joy and laughter.  Dream of family and love.  All of these dreams will help you in your battle.

Ronald J. Avery

Upcoming Events for the 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!

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. 

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. 

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!

Hotel Julien Dubuque

Home to the Founder's Gala!

Home to the Founder's Gala!!


Driftless Social Club

The NEWEST venue to the Millwork District of Dubuque!

The newest venue to the historic Millwork District in Dubuque!

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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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