By: Sharon Aron Baron
Don’t miss the 12th annual walk-off for cancer in Parkland by The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation on December 3.
Featuring a 5K walk, the event offers in-person and virtual participation to cancer fighters, survivors, and supporters nationwide.
Rizzo, a World Series Champion with the Chicago Cubs, is currently playing for the New York Yankees but is on the injured list.
Diagnosed at 18 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he endured six months of chemotherapy. In 2012, he created his foundation to help families in their fight against cancer and make an impact on the pediatric cancer community.
The event’s in-person segment will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 9:00 a.m. Participants will gather for a fun-filled morning to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and patient support. Complimentary breakfast and coffee will be served, ensuring a nourishing start for walkers.
Each in-person registrant is promised an exclusive gift bag containing an event t-shirt, a Nike drawstring bag, and a custom ‘Dream Big’ hat, symbolizing the collective aspiration for a cancer-free future.
Virtual participants, who can walk from anywhere in the U.S., will receive a gift bag featuring an event t-shirt and a Nike drawstring bag delivered right to their doorstep.
The event is family-oriented with a unique ‘kid-zone’ organized by i9 Sports, offering an engaging space for children to play and learn about the importance of community and charity.
Adding to the day’s excitement, Anthony Rizzo will attend, offering registrants the chance to capture memories with photos.
To register or learn more about the event, visit the official Walk-Off for Cancer website.
In 2022, the foundation raised $1.3 million and had 1,000 people attend, along with more than 200 virtual walkers, said Abby Suarez, Executive Director of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
“It’s always a great morning where the community comes together to show families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis that they aren’t alone… they have a team to support and get them through this difficult time,” said Suarez.
The 5K walk begins Sunday, December 3, at 9 a.m. at Pine Trails Park at 10555 Trails End.
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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