Congratulations to Cancer Survivor Anthony Rizzo


We are so lucky to have contact with super amazing cancer survivors here at the Lance Armstrong Foundation. One of those amazing folks is Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs First Baseman. Anthony, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, had his debut with the Cubs last night at Wrigley Field. Congrats to Anthony on last night’s win and we wish him a long successful and healthy career ahead!

People frequently ask me what enabled me overcome my battle with cancer. My answer is simple, support. I had constant and unwavering support from my family, friends and the Boston Red Sox organization. For those of you who may not be familiar with my story, I was 18 years old and beginning a new journey as a professional baseball player. However, my excitement was cut short when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008. Battling cancer at such a young age was difficult, but thanks to my support network, I never felt alone or defeated. The support I received encouraged me to press on and never give up. I was able to beat cancer due to the love I was surrounded with and vowed to do all I could to support children and their families during their battle with cancer. Thus, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation was born. A big part of my inspiration to start this foundation came from my involvement with LIVESTRONG. What Lance Armstrong has been able to do to help people with cancer as a result of his notoriety is nothing short of a miracle. If my foundation can accomplish a fraction of what LIVESTRONG has, I will know that I have I have given back some of the love and support that was given to me when I was suffering from cancer. As we begin to build this foundation with the assistance and support of LIVESTRONG, I would like to thank all of you for stepping up to the plate and joining my team in the fight against cancer.

Anthony Rizzo, #44
Chicago Cubs First Baseman


  1. Dorothywfields says:

    Today I got my news: Stage-4 Follicular B-cell lymphoma, as it’s in my bone marrow.
    A lot to process, digest, learn and realize how empowered I need to be for this next life journey.

    Landing on Livestrong site, and seeing your message is uplifting – anything else you can share or direct a “newcomer” to would be most appreciated.

    Hugs and smiles to all facing their daily demons…
    Dorothy, Tarpon Springs FL

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