By Sharon Aron Baron
In a display of solidarity, residents in Parkland witnessed another overwhelming success of the Annual Anthony Rizzo Walk-Off for Cancer event on Sunday morning.
Parkland Mayor Rich Walker said it was an exceptional day at the 12th annual event. “We are always honored to welcome back our Hometown Hero and celebrate the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s extremely successful and generous efforts to help families affected by pediatric cancer.”
The event, renowned for its commitment to aiding pediatric cancer families and facilities, surpassed expectations by raising an impressive amount of over $1.3 million.
This contribution will immensely benefit institutions like Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
More than 1,000 individuals participated, both in-person and virtually, in the 5K walk, which catered to cancer fighters, survivors, and supporters in Broward County.
Organized by i9 Sports, the event also featured a unique ‘kid zone,’ providing a fun space for children.
The event held a special significance as Anthony Rizzo, a World Series Champion with the Chicago Cubs and current New York Yankees player, graced the occasion.
Rizzo, currently on the injured list, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 18. After enduring six months of chemotherapy, he established the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in 2012, aiming to provide support to families battling cancer and make a significant impact on the pediatric cancer community.
- 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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