Cubs' Rizzo, 13-year-old boy form special bond through cancer diagnosis

FOX 32 NEWS - Millions of people tuned in Friday night to watch the World Series, but a suburban Chicago family cheered for reasons bigger than baseball.

For the Moylan family, cheering on the Chicago Cubs is personal.

"What Anthony Rizzo did for Joe was way beyond anything we could imagine,” said mom Flavia Moylan.

A year ago, 13-year-old Joe Moylan was diagnosed with leukemia. He’s had to undergo some intense treatments that at times have left him physically unable get out of bed. He also didn’t have an appetite.

However, his grandmother heard about a cereal named after Joe’s hero Anthony Rizzo and bought as many boxes as she could.

"That was the first and only thing he would eat for that weekend,” Flavia said.

Flavia snapped a picture and sent it to The Anthony Rizzo Foundation, which is an organization Rizzo and his family started after he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17.

Then, a few weeks later, Rizzo and Joe met in person.

"I was asking him like, during chemo how does he keep going through it,” Joe said. "That kind of gave me so much motivation to keep going and keep doing more than I was supposed to."

Thanks to the Rizzo Foundation and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Joe  and his family also got to meet many other Cubs players, including John Lester, who’s also an athlete that at one point had to deal with cancer.

It’s an experience Joe says he'll never forget, and one that makes him feel a special connection with his beloved team.

“I know how Anthony Rizzo and John Lester both felt when they were going through it. I’m going through it…kind of made a relationship between me and them and it clicked,” Joe said.

Kathleen Casey is with Bear Necessities and says the Cubs have always been big supporters.

For now, Joe and his family will be glued to the set watching the Cubs go for the championship. He saving all 6 of his unopened cereal boxes, but says if the cubs win, he may celebrate the victory with a big bowl of Rizzo’s.

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