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