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.

A champion and hero to many!

Rest in eternal peace Arthur Helle


Art Helle passed away February 7, 2019.  Art was one of our first grant recipients of the Avery Foundation.  Prayers and thoughts for the Helle Family!

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!

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

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

FEBRUARY 18, 2019


Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

Harper Lee

For some people diagnosed with cancer, this is the case.  My brother Jim knew his was licked before he started his battle, but he began it anyway and saw it through.  He had great COURAGE.  Many cancer patients have that same great COURAGE.  And they are all HEROES!

Ronald J. Avery

FEBRUARY 19, 2019


They can conquer who believe they can.

Virgil-Roman Poet

Cancer patients, keep the belief that you can conquer your cancer.  It just may be the difference you need in your battle!

Ronald J. Avery

FEBRUARY 20, 2019


I am still very much a kid inside myself.

Prince Harry

Cancer patients find that kid inside yourself!  Let it bring you energy and happiness for your journey.  Think of those times when you played sun up till sun down and couldn't wait for tomorrow to do it all over again.

Ronald J. Avery

FEBRUARY 21,2019


The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Amelia Earhart

For those of you with cancer, the most effective way to kick it's butt is, just do it!

Ronald J. Avery

FEBRUARY 15, 2019


Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Charles R. Swindoll

Those are good numbers for a person who just was diagnosed with cancer.  90% of how you react to that cancer will determine life going forward.  So react to it with courage, hope, strength, determination, bravely, focused, fearless, passion and patience.  Doing so just may kick its butt!

Ronald J. Avery

FEBRUARY 16/17, 2019


Keep your dreams alive.  Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.  Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Devers

These are perfect words to share with a person who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  They need to keep the dream of a cancer free self alive.  Their journey with cancer will require faith, belief in self, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.  Just BELIEVE!

Ronald J. Avery

Upcoming Events for The Avery Foundation


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!


Community Day

Community Day @ Catfish Charlies

Thursday, May 9th 11am-9pm

Join us for great food, great drinks and great company!  Charlie will donate 15% of your receipt back 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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