Andruzzi Foundation gets boost

BALTIMORE -- Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi continues to make a difference with his philanthropic work.

This week, it was announced that the Joe Andruzzi Foundation will receive a $700 donation from local energy provider National Grid for every regular-season touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Tom Brady. National Grid is also matching public donations, up to $75,000, to the Andruzzi Foundation's "Touchdowns by Tom" campaign.

"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. 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," Brady said in a statement.

The Andruzzi Foundation 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, and aims to help more than 100 families this fall.

“Throughout my football career, my job was to help move the team forward, yard by yard, down the field. Now, we use that same strategy to make an impact in the lives of people fighting cancer, one family at a time,” Andruzzi said in a statement.