Anthony Rizzo's foundation "Hope 44 Endowed Fund" will donate $3.5 million to Lurie Children's Hospital!!
It will benefit families who need help paying for their child's cancer treatments, the children's hospital at 225 E. Chicago Ave. announced Monday.
"I know the emotional and financial strain the diagnosis of cancer can put on a family," Rizzo, a cancer survivor, said in a statement. "I believe that an individual does not battle cancer alone, his or her entire family does. That's why we've designated this money to go directly to help families on the front lines."
The hospital said it has renamed an 18th-floor waiting room the "Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation Waiting Room" in honor of the star first baseman's charity.
Rizzo underwent six months of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was an 18-year-old minor leaguer playing in the Boston Red Sox farm system. Rizzo, now 27, has been in remission since 2008 and has made cancer research, among other causes, a priority for his foundation.
A few months ago, Anthony brought the World Series trophy by the hospital for patients and families to see.