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NBA / Nov 13, 2008 / 8:18 pm

Ryan Gomes Is a Real Hero

Ryan GomesRyan Gomes (photo. HFHH)

The one storyline that never gets covered enough in our pages, or by the media in general, is the charity work that NBA stars put in off the court. Recently, ESPN profiled Carlos and CeCe Boozer‘s efforts to battle sickle cell anemia, a disease that afflicts one of their own children.

And just as the Worldwide Leader praised Boozer, we’d be remiss if we didn’t shine a spotlight on what Ryan Gomes is trying to do across the country. Gomes wrote a letter to all Division I Men’s and Women’s basketball coaches, athletic trainers and other hoops staffers, trying to raise money to get AED’s (automated external defibrillators) in every single one of their gyms. Gomes isn’t just a sponsor for this project. He started this foundation.

Far too many young basketball players die each and every year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The numbers are staggering – between 7,000-10,000 young people every year. And studies have shown that 74% of those who suffer from SCA could have survived if they were properly treated with an AED device within 3-5 minutes.

Please visit www.hoopsforhearthealth.org for more information, where you can donate to Gomes’ cause as well.

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  • JCARR

    Respect for Gomes… good to kno there is people with good hearts in the NBA. Thats some selfless service.

  • http://dimemag.com H20

    This is really a great thing that he is putting his time and effort too
    Ryan Gomes truly has a big heart

  • solomon

    all respect!

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QueSt???

    for real 7,000 to 10,000 people, r u sure that is right???? wow

  • joe

    props to that guy Gomes. i have seen a person die of CSA,its unreal ,u balling and in the next 20 min a person is pronounced dead.

  • dat dood

    this is awesome. i have an all new level of respect for this guy.

  • Caribballin

    not enough of these stories dime….if you have more, print more

  • dapro

    that’s good look Gomes. Much respect to you bruh

  • boom707

    good post dime, would love to hear more about these