This year’s CHAMpions for CHAM New York City marathon team is getting a big boost from a Yankees All-Star who knows how much kids need when they’re diagnosed with a serious illness. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, through his Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, is helping to raise critical funds to support children undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).
“Battling a life-threatening illness gave me the resilience and tenacity to go after my dreams,” said Rizzo, a three-time MLB All-Star and World Series champion. “It is my honor and privilege to support other young warriors and families in their time of need.”
Rizzo learned during his own battle with Hodgkin lymphoma at age 17 that when a child is seriously ill, the child’s entire family needs support. Offering that support and helping to ease the financial burden that families face when their child is diagnosed with cancer was his inspiration for creating the foundation in 2012.