By: Sharon Aron Baron
Chicago Cubs World Series champion Anthony Rizzo will be holding his Fifth Annual Walk Off for Cancer 5k on December 11.
Rizzo, from Parkland and graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds the annual charity walk to raise money for his foundation, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, whose mission is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease.
Rizzo knows firsthand what individuals and families dealing with cancer go through. Back in 2008, at the age of 18, Anthony Rizzo was beginning his career as a professional baseball player in Greenville, SC when his life came to an abrupt halt. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had to go through six months of chemotherapy.
This was a tough time for his family as his grandmother was also battling breast cancer at the same time.
Rizzo believed that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was, it was even more difficult for his family.
With the help of his family, friends, and The Boston Red Sox Organization, on September 2, 2008, his doctor gave him the great news; that he was in remission.
Rizzo still had six weeks left of treatment and follow up testing, but finally, on November 18, 2008, his doctor told him that he could live a normal life. At that point, he said he knew that he wanted to become a role model to help cancer patients and their families.
In 2012, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation began. It is a nonprofit organization benefiting cancer research and the families fighting the disease.
The Fifth Annual Walk Off for Cancer 5k will take place December 11, at Pine Trails Park located at 10555 Trails End, Parkland, Florida. Early registration is closed. Registration and packet pick-up will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.