Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo makes donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Apr 26, 2019, 8:01 PM | Updated: 10:02 pm

Follow @Cap_Kaveman...

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks recognized Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo before the start of the team’s three-game series at Chase Field on Friday for contributions his charity made to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Rizzo’s charity, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, contributed $50,000 towards PCH’s Beach Ball 2020, which is a fundraising event held every year to benefit the hospital. The Beach Ball event raised more than $1.65 million last year in support of PCH.

Rizzo has his own ties to children battling cancer and other health issues. When he was 18 playing single-A baseball in the Red Sox organization, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Having gone through his own battles as a young man, he recognized the toll fighting cancer took on an entire family.

Now, as a cancer survivor, his foundation focuses on funding cancer research and providing support to children and their families battling the disease. They have worked with major children’s hospitals around the country, including the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, Florida, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Illinois, Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital, Florida, and the Family Reach Foundation in Illinois.

The three-time All-Star is the longest-tenured player on the Cubs roster. He was drafted by Chicago in the first round in 2014.

For more information or to contribute to the foundation, visit their website at

character counts

Character Counts is a registered trademark of the Josephson Institute.

Character Counts

WM Phoenix Open Twitter Photo...

Character Counts

Phoenix Open raises more than $14.5 million for Arizona charities

The hosts of the Phoenix Open, the Thunderbirds, announced they raised a record $14,533,000 for Arizona charities in 2023.

17 days ago

(Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)...

Wills Rice

D-backs Race Against Cancer returns to Phoenix in October

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Race Against Cancer is returning to downtown Phoenix on Oct. 1, beginning and ending at Chase Field.

23 days ago


Character Counts

Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor donate 10K to Maui relief efforts

Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi and former player Penny Taylor are donating $10,000 to help recovery efforts in Maui.

2 months ago

Brian Dooley (grey) and Zack Conti (green) (Eastern Michigan football screenshot)...

Wills Rice

Eastern Michigan player gives up scholarship to teammate selling plasma to pay bills

Eastern Michigan OL Zack Conti had played four years as a walk-on selling plasma to pay for his bills, until captain Brian Dooley stepped in.

2 months ago

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Children's)...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Sports, KTAR host 15th annual fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s

The 15th annual Phoenix Children’s Give-A-Thon takes place this week on KTAR News 92.3 FM and Arizona Sports.

2 months ago

(Facebook photo/The Rack/West Virginia University)...

Character Counts

Two ASU alumni donate to WVU following administration faux pas

The duo donated $700 worth of apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and 60 other food products to the West Virginia University Food Pantry.

2 months ago

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo makes donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital