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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum and Portland’s Dr. Esther Choo

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA and WNBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum chatted with Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency physician in Portland. Dr. Choo is also a founding partner of GetUsPPE, which delivers personal protective equipment to workers battling the pandemic. So many healthcare professionals are facing an imminent shortage...
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Hoopers Meet Heroes: 76ers’ Josh Richardson and Philadelphia’s Nurse Kimberly Nowakowski

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA and WNBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson chatted with Kimberly Nowakowski. Kimberly is a hematology-oncology nurse at Penn Medicine, where the Sixers established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of healthcare workers. Healthcare professionals like Kimberly need our help. So many of them are...
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Get Us PPE and Supplies Save Lives Launch Nationwide PPE Donation Hotline

By News, Partners

Text “MASKS” to 844-974-2444 to donate PPE via our hotline At GetUsPPE and Supplies Save Lives, we are excited to announce that we have formed a partnership, combining efforts to get donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the frontline healthcare workers who desperately need it. Through our joint efforts, we are offering a nationwide text hotline: anyone who has PPE to donate can text “MASKS” to 844-974-2444. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been facing critical shortages of the PPE they need to stay safe. This includes masks, gowns, face shields, and other equipment. Supplies Save…

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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Magic’s D.J. Augustin and Orlando’s Dr. Sarah Barbour

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA and WNBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Magic guard D.J. Augustin chatted with Dr. Sarah Barbour, an infectious disease physician in Orlando. After treating gunshot victims from the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016—the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11—she's now helping COVID-19 patients. Healthcare professionals like Dr. Barbour...
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Hoopers meet Heroes

By Partners

By Ton La, Jr. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant; these are arguably the biggest names in the basketball world. These were my superheroes growing up. Even though I never met them, the sheer amount of publicity they received, on what seemed like a 24/7 basis, allowed the public and I a rare glimpse into how hard work and dedication can manifest in wins, awards and championships.  I saw how they carried themselves, how they behaved, on and off the court. It inspired me to push myself, to find out what my own limits were, physically and mentally. …

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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Kings’ Harrison Barnes and Get Us PPE’s Dr. Megan Ranney

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes chatted with Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician who's a founding partner of GetUsPPE, which delivers essential medical equipment to workers battling the pandemic. Dr. Ranney discussed the importance of supporting the elderly, who are at higher risk of dying...
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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Suns’ Jalen Lecque and Phoenix’s Dr. Rafael Fonseca

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Suns guard Jalen Lecque chatted with Dr. Rafael Fonseca, a hematologist, oncologist and interim director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix. They discussed the pandemic’s effects in Arizona, how Jalen’s family is coping in the epicenter of New York City, and how the...
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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Nuggets’ Monte Morris and Denver’s Dr. Richard Zane

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Nuggets guard Monte Morris chatted with Dr. Richard Zane, the chief innovation officer at UCHealth. Dr. Zane discussed how the coronavirus in Denver has reached its "plateau" and the city is at a "crucial juncture," where if social distancing practices don't continue, its residents may...
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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. and Chicago’s Nurse Katrina Tulas-Collins

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Bulls big man Wendell Carter Jr. chatted with Katrina Tulas-Collins, an emergency room nurse at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is a Level I trauma center that focuses on critical injuries and emergencies. “It will get worse first before it actually gets better,” Katrina said...
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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Bucks’ Donte DiVincenzo and Milwaukee’s Mike Christman

By CloseUp360, Partners
The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now. In CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo chatted with Mike Christman, a respiratory therapy instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Mike recently spent time in New York City to help manage ventilator treatments while teaching his students online, offering insights into what it's like to be in the...
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