The world turns upside down when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Priorities change instantaneously and emotions are kicked into high gear. Family members become consumed trying to learn as much as they can as fast as they can. They struggle to formulate the right questions while striving to serve as competent advocates, providing support and optimism in preparation for the journey that lies ahead.

Turning personal tragedy and unimaginable heartache into a philanthropic effort… surely that’s the mark of selflessness. That’s an apt description of Dubuque native Ronald Avery and his parents and siblings. With Ron in the lead, the family has dedicated itself to addressing the financial challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. The needs go beyond medical expenses. During treatment, families must also deal with costs associated with travel, meals, and lodging. And that’s where the Avery Foundation can make a difference.

The foundation was established in September of 2017 in memory of well-known local artist Jim Avery and his sister, Julie. Jim died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 59. His sister Julie passed away thirty-five years ago at the age of 21.

To read this and other featured articles in their entirety, pickup the November 2017 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. Click to subscribe for convenient delivery by mail, or call (563) 557-1914. Single issues are also available in print at area newsstands and digitally via the Issuu platform.


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