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A group of frontline workers at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland recently received a surprise call in the form of a FaceTime call from Warriors star Stephen Curry.
Shelby Delaney, 27, an intensive care nurse at Alta Bates, was one of the first nurses to volunteer to help potential coronavirus patients, and the work was exhausting. “Monday morning, while I was getting ready for work, I felt helpless and defeated,” she wrote on Facebook last week. “It was then that I knew I needed to summon my inner warrior. So I put my Steph jersey under my scrubs. “
Curry heard about Delaney from Mercury News and from there the Warriors paired Delaney – whose first date with her husband now was at a Warriors game – and Curry for a quick call before his evening shift at the hospital. Delaney also invited his watch partners to participate.
“I can never thank God enough for what you do and just for the sacrifice, the selflessness and the way everyone comes together,” Curry said during the call. “Thank you very much for what you do, your heart and the inspiration you provide to everyone. “
Delaney thanked in return, telling the Warriors star that her positivity and drive helped keep her motivated, especially during her first years of work.
“It’s a really steep learning curve, you have two people you’re trying to make sure they don’t die all day, and I just had a lot of difficult family stuff,” said Delaney to Curry. “There were many times when I wanted to quit and give up and make it easier. And it’s a bit like when I started wearing the jersey, it was my way to gather my strength, remembering that I had it. “
When Delaney asked Curry how he kept such a positive attitude, he admitted that it was something he was working on now with his daughters, Riley and Ryan.
“I just told my seven and four year olds this morning that I made a small poster,” he said. “I coined this term that I didn’t even know 12 hours ago: Control your WABA. Your attitude, your behavior, your words and your action. If these four things make sense to a seven and four year old child, it makes sense to me when it comes to the days when you wake up and you don’t have it. “
After about five minutes, Curry signed, waving goodbye to the room full of health care workers, and giving them another thank you.
“I know you have a very important job to do,” he said. “We have so many people praying for you, entrenched for you and I know things are going on, I hope everyone will take personal responsibility in trying to end this situation. thing. “
Delaney posted a video of the call on Facebook, thanking Curry for “spreading your joy and cheering up.”
“Yesterday was one of the coolest moments of my life; I got to meet my hero, Stephen Curry, “wrote Delaney. “He thanked me and my colleagues for all of our hard work on the front lines during this pandemic. And I was finally able to thank him for all the inspiration and strength he has given me over the years. “