Fox Sports West: Patrick Beverley Visits Cedars-Sinai
FOX Sports West recently followed L.A. Clippers star Patrick Beverley when he visited patients at Cedars-Sinai.
The 6’1” point guard proved to be a fan favorite with nurses and other healthcare professionals because of the gracious way he interacted with patients, bringing his on-court positive energy and taking the time to get to know each patient. One teenage patient got to play a game of Jenga with Beverley, while the brother of another patient did the floss dance with the basketball star.
“What we do is a game, right? What they do, these nurses and doctors, they save lives,” Beverley told Fox Sports West.
Fox Sports West camera followed along as Beverley encouraged David Mpoupesingui, a teenage cancer patient who plays basketball at Santa Monica College. Beverley shared his experience of his own journey back to health following his knee surgery in 2017 that kept him on the sidelines for most of that season. Beverley told Mpoupesingui how hard he worked to get healthy and back into the game and that the experience taught him how important family is.
In addition to signing Clippers hats, Beverley offered game tickets to many of the patients' families.
This was the second of two visits Beverley made recently to Cedars-Sinai, where he spent time with patients in the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center, the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and with transplant patients. Before leaving he put his handprints, painted in Clippers colors, on the handprint wall in Pediatrics.
Beverley told Fox Sports West that meeting patients who are struggling helps put life into perspective. “It takes us out of the bubble we’re in and brings you back down and understand that life is bigger than basketball.”
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