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Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Visits Children’s Hospital With World Series Trophy

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is putting his off season to good use.

He picked up the World Series trophy and brought it to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Wednesday to visit with patients.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Rizzo knows the hospital routine well, and not just from his visits. He beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was 18 years old. His experience with the disease led to him starting the Anthony Rizzo Foundation three years ago. In addition to making regular spirit-boosting appearances, his organization has donated over $100,000 to the children’s hospital.

“What kid gets excited to come to the hospital when they have to have chemo? But when they think about the chance to meet Anthony, they just light up,” one cancer survivor’s mother told ABC 7. “Everything that he does for this hospital, he does it straight from the heart and the kids know that.”

Now that’s a champion.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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