Former Football Player And Cancer Survivor Now Helps Patients And Families
Q&A With Joe Andruzzi
What attracted you to the BIF Summit?
Saul Kaplan (BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst) and my wife Jen. Jen has attended the BIF Summit the last two years, and she fell in love with it. She told me how amazing it is and how inspiring the speakers are. I know Saul and his wife Susan very well. So when Saul asked I said yes.
Tell us just a bit about the subject of your BIF Summit story.
Life. And trying to inspire people to stay strong through the ups and downs of life. Also, a bit of my story and the hard work and dedication that I used through my career and life, whether growing up, or football, or my cancer battle. Really, it’s about pushing forward and paying it forward.
What, to you, is the value of sharing stories?
Inspiring people that no matter how tough a day it is today, tomorrow is never a definite. Live life to the fullest and pay it forward any which way you can.
Do you have a motto, or “words to live by”? If so, what is it?
You can’t change what you did yesterday, and you do not know what you’ll do tomorrow, so live for today.
What's one thing (or more, if you like) would you like Summit attendees to know about you before they hear your story?
I’m the black sheep of my family. My three brothers are New York City firemen and my father is a New York City policeman. I chose a different path, but I look up to them every day. They are my heroes. Running into a burning building when everyone is running out is amazing. We’re a strong New York Italian family that sticks together through thick and thin.