Hoopers Meet Heroes: Timberwolves’ Malik Beasley and Minneapolis’ Dr. Michael Joyner

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, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley chatted with Dr. Michael Joyner, a physiologist and anesthesiologist at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis. Dr. Joyner is a leading researcher in exercise physiology, and his lab is part of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project to help patients recover using antibodies from those who have overcome the disease.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Joyner 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.

Please visit GetUsPPE.org to donate.

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