Cubs' Anthony Rizzo To Help Raise Funds For Cancer Research

Nancy Harty
July 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Local cancer research is getting a boost from a superstar athlete who knows the disease all too well.

Anthony Rizzo and his foundation are teaming up with the University of Chicago Medicine to share inspirational stories of cancer patients and raise money for research. 

Kenneth Polonsky, executive vice president for medical affairs, praised Rizzo for using his celebrity to advance cancer research saying that "this is very special and will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of so many people".

At a press conference Tuesday launching the Cancer Can't Compete campaign, Rizzo said it follows up on other work he's done with cancer patients.

"I meet a lot of people that have gone through a lot worse than I've gone through. I feel I'm very lucky with the way I was diagnosed and my treatment."

Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma 10 years ago and has made a point throughout his career to talk with young cancer patients and their parents.

The Chicago Tribune is featuring the stories of families going through cancer diagnoses.

Mariano's is asking customers at the check-out to make contributions to research from August 1 to 14.