MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley was surrounded by family when he announced Thursday he was donating half a million dollars to the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center At Methodist University Hospital.
Inspired by the health challenges of his two cousins living with sickle cell disease, Conley partnered with Methodist Healthcare to raise money to care for sickle cell patients.
“It’s perfect for me to jump on board like so many others have and try to raise that awareness for something that is not getting the attention that it rightfully deserves. These patients, these people are really suffering, and it’s hard to explain. It’s hard for them to explain it to doctors. Most people won’t understand what patients actually go through,” Conley said.
Conley has hosted fundraisers for sickle cell research for at least 10 years.