DOWNTOWN — Cubs captain Anthony Rizzo has donated another $2 million to Lurie Children’s Hospital to help fight childhood cancer.
Rizzo delivered the enormous check to the hospital on Tuesday and visited children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. The ball player’s Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation has worked with the hospital in the past to provide funding for cancer research and to help families of children with cancer.
In tweets, Rizzo said he also brought gift cards to kids in the hospital so they could buy themselves a “special gift” after their cancer procedures.
“These gifts help associate a positive memory with such a difficult time,” Rizzo wrote.
It’s not Rizzo’s first big donation to the hospital: In August 2017, he gave $3.5 million to Lurie Children’s and cried as he talked about how Lurie Children’s 18th-floor waiting room had been named after his foundation.
Rizzo is himself a cancer survivor, having battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 18 and playing in the minor leagues. He’s been in remission since 2008, but that experience inspired him to create his Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation and make funding cancer research one of its top priorities.
Photos from Rizzo’s Tuesday visit to the hospital: