Anthony Rizzo’s Foundation Donates $250,000 To Assist Pediatric Cancer Patients At ‘Joe D’
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is once again teaming up with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation to make life better for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
The nonprofit started by the New York Yankees first baseman after his own battle with cancer donated $250,000 to the Hollywood-based children’s hospital. The dollars will be used on the cancer unit to:
- Support the salary of an oncology-focused child life specialist
- Underwrite the cost of special event programming
- Refurbish the family lounge and play area
- Upgrade all video games in the unit’s children’s areas
Rizzo’s foundation had previously contributed $1 million in 2019 to establish two pediatric cancer-related endowments within Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“Anthony and his family foundation continue to be difference-makers for those in our community impacted by childhood cancer,” said Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President Kevin Janser, president of the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundations. “Our oncology patients and families face tremendous challenges during treatment and the Rizzos are always there to lend a helping hand.”
Anthony Rizzo is a longtime Broward County resident that attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 and created a charitable organization three years later with a founding principle that families battle cancer together and that with help patients can ‘stay strong and dream big.’
About Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees First Baseman Anthony Rizzo. Anthony realized during his own battle with cancer that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for him, it was even more difficult for his family. Anthony believes that an individual does not battle cancer alone, but that the whole family battles it together. The mission of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease.