Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Helps Raise $1.3M for Children’s Cancer Reaearch

Anthony Rizzo is known widely as an MLB Championship player—for the Chicago Cubs. Outside of the diamond, he’s also known for his passion to help those affected by cancer.

The first baseman and his foundation held the 8th annual Walk-Off for Cancer in his home state of Florida Sunday. More than 1,200 people participated, raising roughly $1.3 million for children’s cancer research.

According to ABC 7—at the event, Rizzo presented a check to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation to establish endowments that will provide “forever funds”. It will be used for families in need of funds due to treatment costs and will also fund a full-time oncology child specialist.

What many may not know is that Rizzo himself is a survivor. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy. He’s now in remission.

That experience led him to create the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation four years later, with the aim of benefiting cancer research.

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