Rizzo visits young patients, including ones with cancer

Coming off charity cook-off, slugger spends time at Children's Hospital

Rizzo visits young patients, including ones with cancer

CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took time on Tuesday to visit patients at the Family Life Center of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

Rizzo played games, did arts and crafts, signed autographs and took photos with the patients. He also visited the infusion center on the pediatric oncology floor and talked to cancer patients.

Rizzo's Family Foundation raised $140,000 at the second "Cook-Off for Cancer" fundraiser held last Friday at Revel Downtown in Chicago. The money will be used to help and support families with children fighting cancer.

"The direction the foundation is going is really nice to see; it's growing and we just want to continue to do this in Chicago," Rizzo said.

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