Peabody, MA — As automotive sponsor of the 2017 Boston Marathon, the New England Acura Dealers Association (NEADA) and Acura of Peabody granted Jen Andruzzi (37), co-founder and executive director of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, access into this year’s race. is excited to partner again with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and plans to champion Mrs. Andruzzi’s mission to raise $50,000 for the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital.
This is the seventh consecutive year the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has fielded a charity team to participate in the Boston Marathon. Mrs. Andruzzi is eager to make this year’s 26.2 miles count; this race will not only mark her second Boston Marathon, but a remembrance of three personal cancer-related milestones.
The first: After losing their dear friend C.J. to brain cancer in 2002, Mrs. Andruzzi, and her husband, Joe Andruzzi, started the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund, which supports the groundbreaking work of Dr. Mark Kieran. The fund has since been adopted within the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, and will be the sole beneficiary of Mrs. Andruzzi’s 2017 Boston Marathon fundraising.
The second: In 2007, former New England Patriots offensive guard and three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Burkitts lymphoma. Fighting the disease with the strength and courage he learned from C.J., Mr. Andruzzi immediately started treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within a year, he went into remission and remains cured today, and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation was born, dedicated to providing financial support to less fortunate families battling cancer.
“Ten years in remission is a tremendous milestone in the cancer community, and Joe’s incredible will and determination will be with me with each stride on Marathon Monday,” said Mrs. Andruzzi.
Joel Avery, general manager of Acura of Peabody said, “Being a big Patriots fan, I knew about Joe’s battle with lymphoma, but I got to see the valuable work the Joe Andruzzi Foundation does when the NEADA partnered with BCH from 2012-2016. The passion and dedication Joe and his wife, Jen, have poured into their creation and the couple’s ongoing work with young cancer patients is inspiring to the whole New England community.”
The third milestone is the five-year anniversary of the stem cell transplant that saved the life of Amy Garofalo, Mrs. Andruzzi’s dear friend. Mrs. Garofalo was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011. Since then, both the Garofalo and Andruzzi families have been united by a passion to end the battle against cancer. In late 2016, Mrs. Garofalo’s husband, Mike, received an invitational entry into the 2017 Boston Marathon from the One Fund Boston community, and Mrs. Andruzzi promised the Garofalos that she would also run in Mrs. Garofalo’s honor.
Cidalia Schwartz, marketing director of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group including Acura of Peabody, said “Jen and the Joe Andruzzi Foundation have seen first-hand the challenges and adversity that so many cancer patients face on a daily basis. I know Jen is keenly aware that the pain and fatigue she has conquering 26.2 miles cannot be compared to the physical and emotional toll cancer patients and their families endure. This is why we can’t think of a better recipient to receive entry into the 2017 Marathon.”
NEADA will support the B.A.A. for this year’s Boston Marathon, B.A.A. Half Marathon, and B.A.A. 5K through advertising and community outreach, as they did in 2016. To kick off this year’s partnership, NEADA hosted a live art show at the 2017 New England International Auto Show where local group Artists for Humanity painted a unique mural on a brand‐new 2017 MDX under the theme “We Are Boston.” As the official automotive sponsor, the NEADA will provide the official pace cars leading the Boston Marathon, including a 2017 NSX, the painted MDX, and the complete Acura lineup to showcase along the course.
About the New England Acura Dealers Association:
The New England Acura Dealers Association consists of eight dealerships throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire: Acura of Auburn, Acura of Boston, Acura of Peabody, Herb Connolly Acura, Prime Acura, Prime Acura North, Shearer Acura, and Sunnyside Acura. Please see neacuradealers.com for more information.
About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.):
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners participated in B.A.A. events in 2016. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.
About the Joe Andruzzi Foundation:
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, founded in 2008, is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial and emotional support when it is needed most, as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research. Joe Andruzzi, a former three-time Super Bowl winning offensive guard with the New England Patriots, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2007 and was treated at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Disease-free less than a year later, Joe dedicated his life to supporting other cancer patients and funding life-saving research. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is Joe and his wife Jen’s second philanthropic effort; in 2003, they started the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of C.J. Buckley, a young man with an inoperable brain tumor who touched their hearts before losing his battle in 2002. The fund supports much-needed, innovative research into the molecular nature of pediatric brain tumors, novel treatment therapies and alternatives to multiple surgeries. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit joeandruzzifoundation.org, or visit them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.