Anthony’s Story

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 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 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

ANTHONY’S AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • AFLAC All American
  • All State
  • All County
  • Sun Sentinel Player of the Year
  • Miami Herald Player of the Year
  • Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the Amateur Draft on June 8, 2007
  • Boston Red Sox Minor League Offensive Co-Player of the Year
  • Received Greg Montalbano Memorial Award presented by the Boston Baseball Sports Writers
  • Traded to the San Diego Padres on December 6, 2010
  • Named Padres Minor League Player of the Month for April, May and June
  • Named by Baseball America as San Diego’s number one prospect
  • Made Major League debut in San Diego on July 9, 2011
  • Hit first Major League homerun on July 11, 2011
  • Traded to the Chicago Cubs on January 6, 2012
  • Named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for April and May
  • Made Cubs Major league debut on June 26, 2012
  • Named National League Rookie of the Month for July, 2012
  • Named Chicago Cubs Player of the Month for September
  • Received a Proclamation by Mayor Michael Udine from the City of Parkland declaring December 9, 2012 as ANTHONY RIZZO DAY
  • Played for Team Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • Named National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year
  • Signed a seven year contract extension with the Cubs on May 12, 2013
  • Named as the Cubs finalist for the national Heart & Hustle Award
  • Named as the Cubs finalist for Roberto Clemente Award
  • Placed 2nd for the Gold Glove Award
  • Won the MLB All-Star Final Vote receiving 8.8 million votes to be elected to his first MLB All-Star game
  • Appeared in his first MLB All-Star game in July 2014
  • Named National League Player of the Week July 20, 2014
  • Named as one of six finalists for the 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
  • For the second consecutive year named the Cubs finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award
  • Won the Branch Rickey Award
  • Appeared in second consecutive MLB All-Star game in July 2015
  • Competed in 2015 MLB All-Star game Home Run Derby
  • Placed 4th in National League MVP Voting
  • Overall winner of the 2015 MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award
  • For third consecutive year named Cubs finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award
  • Awarded Champions for Children Award by Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Led the Chicago Cubs franchise to its first World Series Championship in 108 years
  • Garnered more votes than any other player in the NL and appeared in third consecutive MLB All-Star Game
  • Placed 4th in NL MVP Voting for the second consecutive year
  • Received the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as the best overall defensive player overall in the NL
  • Received Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the best defensive 1st baseman in the NL
  • Received the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year as the best defensive 1st baseman in both the NL & AL
  • Received the Silver Slugger Award as the best offensive 1st Baseman in the NL
  • Chicago Cubs 2016 MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award winner
  • Was a top 3 finalist for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award
  • For the second time named as one of six finalists for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
  • In conjunction with Cubs Charities, held the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s 4th Annual Cook-Off For Cancer in Chicago
  • Held the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation ‘s 5th Annual Walk-Off For Cancer in Parkland, Florida
  • In conjunction with Cubs Charities, held the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s 2nd Annual Laugh-Off For Cancer in Chicago
  • In 2016, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation raised approximately $1,500,000