When Football Meets Fundraising

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is admired by football fans the world over for his talent and tenacious spirit. And while his work on the field is definitely worthy of accolades, it’s his charitable endeavors off the field that are truly making a difference and changing lives. As honorary chairman of the Cancer Has Met Its Match Campaign to support the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Larry is reminding everyone of their role in Arizona’s fight against cancer.  


Having lost his mother, Carol, to breast cancer in 2003, Larry chose to honor her legacy and continue her commitment to charitable causes by working to raise money and increase awareness for enhanced cancer care, prevention and education programs.


Above and beyond just lending his recognizable name and image to the campaign, Larry has been an active participant. Introduced to Banner Health by Ken Van Winkle, immediate past chairman of the Banner Health Foundation Board of Directors, Larry was among the first to sign on as part of the campaign cabinet.


The impact of losing his mother to cancer is something Larry could never forget, but, just in case, he is reminded every time he looks in the mirror and sees his signature dreadlocks. A trademark fans adore, his hair is more than just a fashion statement. It is a tribute to his mother and a symbol of her struggle, strength and never-ending support.


“My mom loved my hair long,” said Larry. “I had to cut it short when I went to military school. When she died, I decided to grow it out. I haven’t cut it since she passed away. It gives me strength.” 


For Larry, his mother’s courageous battle with breast cancer and a determination to honor her memory propels his involvement in charitable causes, drives him to lead a life he can be proud of, and motivates him to help make the world a better place.


Larry Fitzgerald’s commitment to support the campaign for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is a testament to the fact that when the mission is meaningful and the intent is worthy, no one is too busy to make a difference.


Photo: "The Red Book" publisher, Nancy White; Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald, honorary chairman; and Richard C. Adkerson, CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and general chair of Banner MD Anderson’s Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign

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