New England football fans have yet another reason to cheer for Tom Brady this fall: local energy provider National Grid has pledged to donate $700 to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s (JAF) Patient Touchdown Program every time the star quarterback throws a regular season touchdown pass. National Grid will also match public donations, dollar for dollar up to $75,000, to the Foundation’s “Touchdowns by Tom” campaign.
As part of the partnership, National Grid will also host patient families at each New England home game through 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network and CBS Radio Boston. Benefiting families will be selected by the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and honored before each CBS Radio broadcast. Special public service announcements by Brady, promoting the campaign and urging fans to contribute, will also run during game coverage on 98.5 The Sports Hub and its 37 affiliates.
“Joe and I joined the Patriots around the same time, and he spent many seasons protecting me as we earned three Super Bowl rings together,” Brady said in a statement. “Now I have the chance to help Joe protect patients and families from the stress of financial burdens during cancer treatment. This was a no-brainer for me, and thanks to National Grid and CBS Radio, we can make a lot of families a little more comfortable this year.”
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s Patient Touchdown Program helps assist patients and families fighting cancer with their everyday household expenses – including rent and mortgages, power bills, car payments and groceries – with one-time $700 grants. The program is specifically designed for families who contact the Foundation directly for assistance, rather than through a JAF-affiliated cancer institution. The “Touchdowns by Tom” campaign aims to help more than 100 families this fall, and 100 percent of each $700 donation provided by National Grid will reach patients.
Post-game wrap-ups and a dedicated page on the CBS Boston website will keep fans up-to-date on the total number of touchdowns and money raised. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation will also promote “Touchdowns by Tom” and update its supporters and donors through its website, Facebook and Twitter feeds.
At the conclusion of the 2012 regular season, Joe Andruzzi and Tom Brady will meet with representatives of National Grid for a celebratory check presentation and announcement of total funds raised.
For more information on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and the “Touchdowns by Tom” campaign, benefiting the JAF Patient Touchdown Program, visit joeandruzzifoundation.org/wp/touchdownsbytom.