Cancer Survivor Anthony Rizzo Fights Off Tears As He Donates $3.5 Million To Children’s Hospital
In April 2008, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. The diagnosis came one year after Rizzo, then 18, was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Red Sox. Fast forward nearly a decade and six months of chemotherapy treatment, the Florida native is in not only in remission, but is a World Series Champion and three-time All-Star.
Those difficult times has evidently inspired Rizzo to help children struggling with illnesses. The 28-year-old has frequented Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital many times over the years, but on Tuesday carried with him a $3.5 million check from The Anthony Rizzo Foundation to fund programs for patients and families dealing with cancer.
Fighting off tears, Rizzo spoke to a packed waiting room about the donation.
“I remember sitting with my mom saying we were going to do this 10 years ago. And it’s just a little step toward our mission,” he said.
“To be able to give back, to do this type of work, is so much bigger than a World Series and doing anything on a baseball field just because my family’s been through it, there’s so many families going through it,” Rizzo said. “This is as real as it gets in life.”
What a bro.
[h/t SB Nation]