By Ryan Yousefi

The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation has announced it will once again spread joy and holiday cheer to those most in need through the Grant A Wish Spectacular, created to grant wishes to pediatric cancer patients and their families. 

Founded in 2020, Rizzo, a former Parkland resident and current New York Yankees first baseman, has consistently strived to create initiatives that touch the lives of families battling cancer, particularly during the holiday season.

Diagnosed at the age of 18 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Rizzo himself 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 Grant A Wish Spectacular program is designed to brighten the holiday season for children battling cancer and their families by granting requests placed on holiday wishlists.

To be eligible, patients must be under 18 and currently undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis. The program offers these young warriors and their families unique opportunities to create holiday wish lists.

To participate, families are asked to complete an application available on the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s official website. The foundation will then review the applications, and if selected, the families will be contacted by October 1 to request their Amazon wish lists. 

Priority is given to families who have yet to participate in the program, ensuring that as many children as possible can receive the support of their community at a time of year most associated with love and cheer. 

To apply for the program or to learn more, families can visit the official Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation website at

Those who want to support this heartwarming cause can adopt a family by donating at and designating the contribution for the Holiday Series.

In 2022 alone, the Anthony Rizzo Foundation raised $1.3 million for pediatric cancer survivors through its annual Walk-Off  For Cancer event. 

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Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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