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A front-line group of healthcare workers at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland recently received a surprising pick-me-up in the form of a FaceTime call from Stephen Curry, the star of the Warriors.
The 27-year-old nurse in Alta Bates’ intensive care unit, Shelby Delaney, was one of the first nurses to volunteer to help potential coronavirus patients. “When I was preparing for work on Monday morning, I felt powerless and defeated,” she wrote on Facebook last week. “At that moment, I knew I had to summon my inner warrior. So I put on my Steph jersey under my scrubs.”
Curry learned about Delaney from the Mercury News, and from there the Warriors brought Delaney – whose first date was with her current husband to a Warriors game – and brought Curry together for a quick call before their night shift at the hospital. Delaney also invited her shift partners to take part.
“I cannot thank God enough for what you are doing and only for the sacrifice, selflessness, and the way everyone gets together,” Curry said when the call came. “Thank you for what you do, your heart and the inspiration you give everyone.”
In return, Delaney thanked the Warriors star and said that his positive attitude and dedication had helped keep her motivated, especially in her early years at work.
“It’s a very steep learning curve. You have two people who want to make sure they don’t die all shifts, and I just had a lot of hard things to do with the family,” Delaney told Curry. “There have been many times when I wanted to quit and give up and make something easier. And when I started wearing the jersey it was my way of gathering my strength and remembering that I got it.”
When Delaney asked Curry how he had such a positive attitude, he admitted that he was now working on it with his daughters Riley and Ryan.
“I literally told my seven and four year olds this morning that I made a little poster,” he said. “I invented this term, which I didn’t even know 12 hours ago: Control your WABA. Your attitude, your behavior, your words and your actions. If these four things make sense for a seven- and a four-year-old, then it makes sense it makes sense to me about those days when you wake up and don’t have it. “
After about five minutes, Curry said goodbye by waving goodbye to the room full of health workers and giving them another thank you.
“I know you have very important work to do,” he said. “We have so many people praying for you, taking root for you and I know things are going to continue, hopefully everyone will take personal responsibility to try to end this.” Thing.”
Delaney posted a video of the call on Facebook and thanked Curry for “spreading your joy and strengthening our morale.”
“Yesterday was one of the coolest moments in my life. I could meet my hero Stephen Curry,” wrote Delaney. “He thanked me and my colleagues for all our hard work on the front lines during this pandemic. And I could finally thank him for all the inspiration and strength he has given me over the years.”