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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Suns’ Jalen Lecque and Phoenix’s Dr. Rafael Fonseca

By May 7, 2020No Comments

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 passion he’s seen from both healthcare workers and Michael Jordan in “The Last Dance” has inspired him while in quarantine.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Fonseca need our help. So many of them are facing an imminent shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment), especially in cities that are either bracing for or currently enduring surges in COVID-19 cases. The lack of PPE in medical facilities—including safety goggles, N95 masks, face shields and gowns—remains a serious concern in this global crisis. Those on the frontlines need this gear to stay safe and healthy while continuing to help patients who are battling this virus.

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Olivia Hart