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Anthony Rizzo and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Join Forces to Raise Critical Funds for Children Battling Illness
- May 31, 2023
Fundraising Efforts Will Support 27 Runners Representing CHAM in the TCS New York City Marathon
NEW YORK (May 31, 2023) – The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) are partnering to raise funds for children battling illness, by supporting 27 runners representing CHAM in the TCS New York City Marathon.
Every year, Montefiore gathers a team of CHAMpions to run the 26.2-mile route and raise critical funds that support children undergoing treatments at CHAM. This year, The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is partnering with CHAM to bolster the runners’ fundraising efforts. The goal is to increase donations that are dedicated to helping children with their medical care, such as advanced pain management therapies. The funding will also go to addressing social needs families may face, like assistance with academic support while children are hospitalized and transportation costs for families going to and from appointments.
Anthony understands how important these services are. At age 17, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy treatments. He credits his medical team and family with helping him to overcome the condition. In 2012, he launched The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to raise money for cancer research and provide support to children, and their families, fighting the disease.
“Battling a life-threatening illness gave me the resilience and tenacity to go after my dreams,” said the three-time MLB All-Star and World Series Champion. “It is my honor and privilege to support other young warriors and families in their time of need.”
Captaining the CHAM team this year will be Sarah Rizzo, Anthony’s sister-in-law. She and her fellow runners are aiming to raise as much money as possible for the young patients who receive care at CHAM.
“Anthony Rizzo’s story is a great inspiration for our children at CHAM. We are so fortunate to have such a generous and gracious champion, both on and off the baseball field, just a few subway stops from the hospital,” said Michael D. Cabana, M.D., M.P.H., Physician-in-Chief, CHAM, and The Michael I. Cohen, M.D., University Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
For more information about how to support the CHAM marathon runners, please visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/2023ChampionsforCHAM
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore Health System is one of New York’s premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and more than 200 outpatient ambulatory care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and LinkedIn, or view us on Facebook and YouTube.
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. All of us at the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation believe that every family deserves a fighting chance.