HINGHAM, MA. (WPRI) – Former Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi knows what it’s like to battle cancer.
“Fifteen years ago today I was with Joe at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when he was fighting for his life,” said Joe’s wife, Jen, who is president and CEO of the Andruzzi Foundation. . “So to be here and be able to do what we do for cancer patients in New England is a gift.”
After fighting his own battle with cancer, Joe wanted to help other cancer patients in New England in any way he could.
“Being able to step in and help someone get out of eviction or pay an oil or electric bill or pay for a car so they can get to their appointments, put food on their table “Joe said. “A lot of stuff like that is really one of the most rewarding things we can ever do.”
Red Sox legends Tim Wakefield and Jim Rice were among the tournament supporters. Boston’s past and present sports athletes have a connection that goes deeper than the tradition of winning.
“You get to know these guys when you play here, and winning always helps too,” Joe said with a laugh. “It’s a great, great sporting community, people love their sport here and to have the support of all the celebrities here today is truly amazing and paying for it in every way possible.”