Through his foundation that helps cancer patients and their families afford costly treatments, former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi has become the most charitable and altruistic athlete the city of Boston has ever had. His generosity and good deeds will not be forgotten soon.
Andruzzi’s agent Kim Zayotti spoke about this and explained: “Joe is very caring and it’s something that just comes from his personality and his heart. It’s just the way he functions.”
Joe lost his three brothers that were firefighters in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Since then, he has dedicated himself to charitable work. Back in 2002, he organized a trip for 100 New York firefighters to attend a Patriots game against the Jets at Gillette Stadium. Soon later, he befriended a young man named C.J. Buckley during training camp and went on to help establish a trust to benefit children’s brain cancer research in his name, after Buckley died from inoperable brain cancer.
Zayotti has been working with Andruzzi for the past decades and she believes that he has helped many people over the years. He is quite generous, especially because he battled cancer himself so he knows the first firsthand:
“Him and Jen are just salt of the earth people, they’re very loving and giving individuals. For instance, when my mother passed away, they showed up at the wake. For me, I’ll never forget that.”
She also said that he has helped many after the Boston Marathon bombings:
“It’s just Joe’s nature that he jumped into action. He saw that there was chaos and saw that people were injured and went over to just start helping out and carrying them to safety.”
Andruzzi was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma in May 2007. He is completely cured and cancer-free in the past couple of months.