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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Nets’ Garrett Temple and NYC’s Dr. Cleavon Gilman

By April 6, 2020April 28th, 2020No Comments

Healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic risk their lives every day to save patients. They are the heroes. But, amidst the pandemic, they are dealing with their own crisis.

Many healthcare professionals are facing an imminent shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The need for PPE is especially dire in cities bracing for or enduring surges in COVID-19 cases.

CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” video series connects NBA players with healthcare professionals. In each video, a player discusses the pandemic and the PPE shortage crisis with a healthcare professional in their city.

In this video from the series, Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple chats with Dr. Cleavon Gilman. Dr. Gilman is an Iraq war veteran who now serves as a chief emergency resident physician in New York City. Garrett also opens up about his older brother Elliott’s battle with COVID-19.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Gilman need our help. Lack of PPE— including safety goggles, N95 masks, face shields, and gowns—is a serious concern for medical facilities. Those on the front lines need this gear to stay safe while they help patients battling this virus.

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