BENEFITING: ANTHONY RIZZO FAMILY FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2013
I am running The Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon to support the Cause! Childhood Cancer. I am putting my sneakers to good use. Please help me to raise money and awareness so we can run over and say goodbye to childhood cancer.
All monies donated will benefit this great cause started by my cousin, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. http://www.rizzo44.com/story.html
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded by Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo. Anthony realized during his own battle with cancer that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was to him, it was even more difficult for his family. Anthony believes that an individual does not battle cancer, but that the whole family does. The Mission of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease. Every family deserves a fighting chance.
Thank you for your interest in the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Some of you may know my story, but for those of you who are not familiar with [Anthony Rizzo] it, I’d like to fill you in. As a child it was always my dream to play baseball. In 2007, at the age of 17 I was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization out of High School. In 2008, at 18 years old, I was beginning a new journey as a professional baseball player in Greenville, SC. I was in Single A ball when my excitement came to an abrupt halt. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was Shocked! I had no idea what cancer was except that Lance Armstrong beat it and went on to win seven “Tour de France” titles as a cancer survivor. As scared as I was, I knew I could beat this as he did. I went through six months of chemotherapy. This was very tough for my family as my Grandma was also battling breast cancer at the same time. As bad as I felt I never let on. I knew I had to stay strong for everyone around me. I then realized that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for me, it was even more difficult for my family. I believe that an individual does not battle cancer, but rather the whole family does. So with the help of my family, friends and The Boston Red Sox Organization on September 2, 2008, my doctor, Izidore Lossos gave me the Great news, “ I was in Remission”. I still had six weeks left of treatment and some follow up testing and then finally, on November 18, 2008, Dr. Lossos told me “I can live a normal life”. At that point I knew I wanted to become a role model to help cancer patients and their families. Thus, in 2012, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation began. It is a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization benefiting cancer research and the families fighting the disease. I appreciate your love and support and thank you for stepping up to the plate in the fight against cancer.
Stay Strong and Have Faith
Anthony Rizzo, #44
Chicago Cubs First Baseman