In the beginning, before The ONE Ride mission and campaign were fully developed, Chuck was going to fundraise for just the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. After all, Chuck and his family have been inextricably connected to the Andruzzis since meeting in 2003 when Joe played for the NE Patriots. After Joe's diagnosis, move back to New England, and treatment for Lymphoma, they were involved in the formation of the Foundation. Chuck volunteers at every event. Anne sits on the Board of Directors. Chad, who lives in NYC helps whenever possible. Gillian is now the Events Director and Volunteer Coordinator for JAF. It's a family affair.
But the idea of giving back in a bigger way, especially to foundations that did not have big national media campaigns or huge budgets, led Chuck to search out charities with strong missions near and dear to his heart:
The B.A.S.E Camp Children's Cancer Foundation - Chuck's nephew Mathew, who lived in southern Florida, died when he was just 8 years old from Leukemia. The BCCCF focuses on children with cancer, their siblings and their families, providing wonderful experiences to help celebrate life. Monies raised for them will be presented, by Chuck, with Mathew in his heart.
The American Indian Cancer Foundation - Riding through South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana have given Chuck a deep appreciation for the Native American landscape and culture. His many years of work in oncology pointed out disturbing statistics around cancer education, prevention, detection, treatment and survivor support in this population. Money to help the AICF will improve and SAVE lives.
Gilda's Club of Seattle - when searching for a foundation to represent the Northwest, Gilda's Club jumped off the page for Chuck as it talked to so many of the things he thought were important for families facing cancer: A free program for families learning to live with cancer… for men, women and children…for all cancers…dealing with a disease with spirit and humor and caring.
And finally, The Green Beret Foundation - Chuck's patriotism and love of country started young in the Boy Scouts (he is an Eagle Scout) and continues today with his involvement in Homes for the Troops, fundraising for local American Legions, and monthly support for The Wounded Warrior Project. A riding friend who sat on the Board of the Green Beret Foundation helped Chuck understand their mission and the great work they do to help our military families in crisis… and so the connection.