Honorary Human Hero for 2017 PuppyUp Chicago
We were so honored to be associated with our hero from last year’s walk.
Anthony was chosen because of his exemplary attitude toward his cancer, showing bravery and hopefulness in his fight against this terrible disease.
Anthony Rizzo #44, Chicago Cubs First Baseman
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 went through 6 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 if 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 6 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 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 helping us knock cancer out of the park.
Anthony is proud to support PuppyUp Chicago and our fight against cancer. He has graciously donated some autographed Chicago Cubs merchandise which will be our top individual fundraising prize at the walk.