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Q&A: Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo

Chicago’s top prospect, a first baseman for the Iowa Cubs, is a cancer survivor

BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer Modified: June 5, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 6, 2012

You beat cancer. How scary was it when you were first diagnosed and then going through chemotherapy?

It was a tough time for me, my family, my friends and everyone that knew me. But that’s in the past now. I am very grateful for overcoming that.

It’s said cancer changes a person. Did it change you?

Yeah, it definitely did. Not taking anything for granted in life, especially on the baseball side and just everything, friends, family, teammates. You can’t ever take anything for granted.

Do you every worry about the cancer returning?

I used to a few years ago but now it’s just not in my life. I’m worry free.

How do you push it completely out of your mind and live a normal life?

I just took time to get over it and believed it was all gone. For awhile, you are fighting it and it’s still there, and it’s there and now it’s gone, it’s in the past. You just got to move forward.

Do you ever speak with or counsel others who are dealing with the disease?

I try to a lot, as much as possible whenever I can, whenever I see someone I know going through it or a referral to me.

What is your best advice to someone who is dealing with disease?

Just to stay positive. Stay strong. Everyone around you is suffering more than you are suffering. That’s how I looked at it. Everyone feels worse than I probably felt going through it. Just go out and do things you would normally do, if you are sick or not sick. Just go out and have fun.

By Ed Godfrey

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Anthony Rizzo, Iowa 1B


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