In 2007, at the age of 17 Anthony was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization out of High School. In 2008, at 18 years old, Anthony was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. With the help of his family, friends and The Boston Red Sox Organization, Anthony fought and won: on September 2, 2008, his doctor, Izidore Lossos gave him the great news that he was in remission. Thus, in 2012, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation began. It is a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization benefiting the LIVESTRONG Foundation, cancer research and the families fighting the disease. Anthony now plays first base for the Chicago Cubs. Here, Anthony talks about his foundation’s first Walk Off for Cancer on December 9, 2012:
I started the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to provide support to children and their families during their battle with cancer. During my own battle with cancer I realized that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for me, it was even more difficult on my family. It is my belief that an individual does not battle cancer but rather the family as a whole does. In addition, my battle with cancer made me aware of the support a person finds at home. “Home” is defined differently by everyone. For me, home is Parkland, FL. It is the street I grew up on, the park I played tee ball in and the community I was shaped by. The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is hosting our first “Walk Off for Cancer” in my hometown of Parkland, Fl on December 9, 2012. It is important to me that this walk takes place in Parkland because I wanted to share this experience with my community. I hope to see neighbors, friends and even strangers from the Parkland community come together to help put an end to cancer. I look forward to walking with my community and look forward to knocking cancer out of the park.