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Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Gives From The Heart by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Former New York Knick and Current Alumni Relations and Fan Development Advisor John Starks

John Starks, Ronny Turiaf and His Mom at The Heart To Heart Foundation Event
John Starks, Ronny Turiaf and His Mom at The Heart To Heart Foundation Event
Former New York Knick John Starks Working with Students at PS/MS 218
Former New York Knick John Starks Working with Students at PS/MS 218
Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Interacts with Students at PS/MS 218
Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Interacts with Students at PS/MS 218
Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Holds Up The Heart to Heart Foundation T-Shirt

Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Holds Up The Heart to Heart Foundation T-Shirt

Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks with Students from PS/MS 218
Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks with Students from PS/MS 218
The Panel Addresses The Students
The Panel Addresses The Students
New York Knicks Center Ronny Turiaf, Dr. Martin Goldman, Dr. Lori Croft, and Medical Student Volunteers from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

New York Knicks Center Ronny Turiaf, Dr. Martin Goldman, Dr. Lori Croft, and Medical Student Volunteers from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Students from PS/MS 218 in The Bronx, New York
Students from PS/MS 218 in The Bronx, New York
Panel Talks With Students
Panel Talks With Students
Panel Members Talk With Students

Panel Members Talk With Students

Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Addresses Students

New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf and his The Heart To Heart Foundation teamed with Garden of Dreams Foundation to host a day of heart health screening for young students at PS/MS 218 located on 167th Street in the Bronx.  Turiaf was joined by Garden of Dreams director Karen Buchholtz, cardiologist Dr. Martin Goldman and Dr. Lori Croft.

Dr. Goldman began with a true story about a wealthy friend who owns 14 cars who, unfortunately, takes care of the engine of his cars more than the engine of his body, the heart, and is now suffering health-wise. This story grabbed the attention of the students, as did Dr. Croft, when she mentioned the startling statistic that someone dies from heart disease every 37 seconds.

Karin Buchholtz of the Garden of Dreams Foundation gave a heartfelt introduction of Turiaf, saying that she loves his heart and values him “not only as a basketball player, but as a person.”

Turiaf spoke of his personal reasons for launching the Foundation.  After being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in June 2005, Lakers team doctor John Moe found an enlarged aortic root in his heart in July 2005.  After receiving second opinions, Turiaf underwent a six-hour surgery two weeks later.  It was in 2007 that Turiaf launched The Heart To Heart Foundation to help those who do not have the financial means to afford the care they need.  The Foundation’s mission is “to provide support, including echo cardiograms, to people with heart-related issues so they can live a healthy and happy life.”

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity created in 2006 that has touched the lives of 165,000 children in its many endeavors.  The Foundation works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Knicks, New York Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment, and FUSE “to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles.”

Former Knicks guard and current Alumni Relations and Fan Development Advisor John Starks was on hand as well to host a basketball clinic for students as well.

For more information on The Heart To Heart Foundation, visit ronnyturiaf21org/heart-to-heart-foundation.  For more information on Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.

Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Interacting with a Doctor

Ronny Turiaf of the New York Knicks Interacting with a Doctor

 

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