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.

Founder's Quote

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

Ronald J. Avery

365 Days for Hope!

Available NOW!

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."

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

JUNE 23/24, 2018

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.

G.K. Chesterton

Hope is what cancer patients carry on their heart as they try to be cheerful in their desperate situation.  Cancer patients, please never give up on HOPE!  It is the fuel for your engine.

Ronald J. Avery

JUNE 18, 2018

Play like a champion today!

Notre Dame Football

Cancer patients, play everyday you have like a champion and your battle will be shorter than you think and the outcome firmly in your hands.

Go Irish!

Ronald J. Avery

JUNE 19, 2018

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

St. Clement of Alexandra

Cancer patients don't lose hope.  Continue to hope for better tomorrows.  Continue to hope for a healthy you.  Continue to hope so that your future will be filled with laughter, joy and love.  You must have hope!

Ronald J. Avery

JUNE 20, 2018

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Faith is very important to cancer patients.  They understand it's importance to them during their journey.  Faith gives them extra personal strength they need during that journey.  Those few without, well their journey may end much sooner than they want and on a less than happy note.  They do not understand or are not willing to understand what faith can do for them.

Do not lose faith in yourself, your medical team, your family and your God.

Ronald J. Avery

JUNE 21, 2018

Take one day at a time.  Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Billy Graham

This is very good advice for cancer patients.  Just take it one day at a time and make it a good day.  Don't worry yourself about tomorrow.  It will come soon enough and you have today as your task at hand.  Worry is just a waste of time and gives one unwanted stress.

Ronald J. Avery

JUNE 22, 2018

It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

All of us need to take these words to heart, especially cancer patients.  With cancer, you never know how long you have, so live to the fullest and do it well.  Make a difference.  Like Mr. King did with his short life.

Ronald J. Avery

June Fundraising Promotions!

All 3 Dubuque Hy-Vee's

June 1-30th Hy-Vee will run promotions with the following companies to raise funds for the Avery Foundation!

Verena Street Coffee

All 11/12oz bags will be $5.99 with a $0.15 donation to the Foundation.  The 12ct single cups will also be $5.99 with a $0.15 donation.  McFadden's Coffee will be $9.99 with a $0.50 donation!  All from Dubuque's own Verena Street!

Higley Industries

Higley Industries will donate $0.25 for every bottle of their cleaners sold.  These cleaners out perform all national brands!

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.

Michael Oglesby Foundation's 5K

Our fellow foundation, The Michael W. Oglesby Foundation, will be having their 3rd Annual 5k Run/Walk to raise funds to KICK PANCREATIC CANCER.  Sign up today to help their cause!

2nd Annual Blue Grass NIght

The Cosmo Billy Band and four other bands 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

Catherine A. St. Jean - Vice President

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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