PARKLAND, FL- The 8th Annual Walk-Off For Cancer was a huge success in Parkland on Sunday morning. Over a thousand walkers united to support the Rizzo Family Foundation event. The Rizzo Family Foundation was created in 2012 as a response to Anthony Rizzo's Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis while playing minor league baseball. While Anthony's cancer is now in remission, the Rizzo Family Foundation continues to raise funding and awareness to battle cancer.
Participants had the opportunity to meet Anthony Rizzo. Each walker at the event received an Anthony Rizzo Nike bag that was packed with goodie and special items. The sold-out Walk-Off also included a raffle additional festivities this weekend.
Today's Walk-Off For Cancer was filled with families and individuals that have been or are currently impacted by cancer. One family was walking for a young boy that was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
"We walked today for my friend's son, Hudson." shared Parkland resident Cari Tramontano. "Hudson was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) at the age of 2. He had a large mass in his abdomen going up his spine and in his spleen. He's a high risk case and been getting aggressive chemo. He's been in and out of the hospital for the past year and is still fighting," she says. "Our faith is strong, and we will fight this together with our family and friends and pray for this boy to beat this!"
This year's walk raised over $1 million to support the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and direct grants to families battling cancer.