Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation
A native of Parkland, Florida, Anthony Rizzo was fulfilling his dream of playing professional baseball as a Single A ball player when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Living in Boston at the time, Anthony’s doctors told him to go to Sylvester to be treated by Dr. Izidore Lossos, Director of the Lymphoma Program at Sylvester.
After 6 months of Chemotherapy and the support of his friends, family and teammates, Anthony was told by Dr. Lossos that he was in remission. That was when he realized he wanted to become a role model to help cancer patients and their families. And that was when the Anthony Rizzo Foundation began.
Today he plays for the Chicago Cubs, but his Foundation is based in Florida where he organized “Walk Off For Cancer,” a 5K charity walk that attracted more than 1,000 entrants and raised more than $50,000 for cancer research. The event also connected the Cubs first basemen with a patient recently diagnosed with the same type of cancer – a patient he began coaching through her treatment process.
Anthony Rizzo is truly a role model and an All-star in our book!
Save the Date for the next Walk Off For Cancer Event on Dec. 15, 2013!
You can learn more about the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation by visiting www.rizzo44.com