Former Patriot Joe Andruzzi thanks National Grid for Foundation support

National Grid scored points with former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi, who recently visited Waltham along with his wife, Jen, to thank employees for donating to their foundation for patients and families struggling with cancer.

The Points for Patients campaign, which kicked off in August, raised more than $158,000 for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. For this year’s program, National Grid pledged to donate $500 for every New England touchdown scored during the 2013-2014 NFL season.

“The Points for Patients program has been such an overwhelming success for our foundation, and Jen and I are truly moved by the generosity of National Grid and its employees this season,” said Joe, who co-founded the foundation with Jen after recovering from non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma in 2008. “Our foundation has a longstanding motto – to ‘pay it forward’ – and we couldn’t wait to visit the Waltham office to personally thank all those who helped make this season’s campaign our most successful yet.”

The “Points for Patients” campaign directly supported JAF’s mission of providing financial relief to patients and their families so they can better focus on recovery from cancer. In addition to pledging $500 for each of New England’s 68 preseason, regular season and postseason touchdowns – and matching public donations toward the campaign – National Grid had 118 employees independently contribute to helping the program exceed its goals.

If you didn’t see the Andruzzis in Reservoir Woods, you can watch this video to see their personal thank you to National Grid on our Grid Stories website.

The Points for Patients campaign also included opportunities for the public to help tackle cancer’s impact, with National Grid matching donations made by the public, dollar for dollar up to $75,000 to the campaign, the JAF explained in a press release issued jointly with National Grid.

AndruzzisMarcy“National Grid is a proud local supporter of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, and we look forward to growing this relationship,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “The generosity and initiative of the many employees who independently donated to Points for Patients exemplifies National Grid’s core values and demonstrates our team’s role as an integral part of the New England community.”

As part of the partnership, the company also hosted patient families at select New England home games through 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network and CBS Radio Boston. Special public service announcements by the Andruzzis, promoting the Points for Patients program and urging fans to contribute, also ran during game coverage on 98.5 the Sports Hub and its 37 affiliates.

The Points for Patients program marked the second straight year the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has partnered with National Grid for a football season-long campaign. National Grid pledged to donate to JAF for every “Touchdowns by Tom” touchdown pass thrown by Tom Brady over the 2012 season, as well as to match public donations, totaling $118,325.

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Images from the Andruzzis’ visit to Reservoir Woods are available at www.instagram.com/nationalgrid.

For more information on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, visit www.joeandruzzifoundation.org or follow JAF on Facebook and Twitter.

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