Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a teenager and underwent six months of chemotherapy. The Chicago Cubs first baseman has been in remission ever since, and has gone on to become one of the best players in baseball, not to mention the heart and soul of the team that broke the heaviest curse in sports.
Rizzo has used his role as an athlete and survivor to help those who are suffering from life threatening diseases. His latest charitable contribution was a $3.5 million gift to Lurie Hospital in Chicago to fund cancer research. The 18th floor waiting room was named in his honor and Rizzo became noticeably emotional during his speech yesterday accompanying the donation.
“This means a lot to me,” he said. “I remember sitting with my mom 10 years ago saying ‘we’re going to do this.’”
Rizzo has now given around $4 million in total to the hospital and plans to continue donating.
Powerful stuff, both for Rizzo and the brave kids fighting every day.