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Joel Embiid working with 76ers ownership to get antibody tests for health care workers

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is establishing a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing for front-line health care workers through Penn Medicine, he told ESPN on Friday.

A week after publicly pressuring Sixers ownership to reverse course on a plan to cut organizational salaries by 20%, Embiid is joining with team managing partner Josh Harris and co-managing partner David Blitzer on a $1.3 million contribution to fund testing for 1,000 health care workers in the region.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

"As Philadelphia prepares to cope with the spread of COVID-19, my heart goes out to all of the doctors and nurses who put themselves at risk of infection in order to help those in need," Embiid said. "If the doctors and nurses get sick, then there is no one to help the rest of us who might get really sick over the next month."6

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie also is donating $1 million to help establish the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund.

"We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that is affecting all of us in so many way," Lurie said in a statement. "Every passing day brings new stories of heartbreaking tragedy, inspirational courage, and hopeful innovation. We can and will get through this, but only if we work together, care for each other, and focus our attention and resources towards sustainable strategies. There are so many individuals and organizations who are making daily sacrifices, and we are incredibly thankful for their dedication and bravery. We must continue to support these efforts in every way that we can, while also seeking a solution that will help us move forward."nfl nike jersey cheap

Over the past two weeks, Embiid has researched the best ways to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. He immediately pledged $500,000 to support medical relief efforts -- like providing more personal protective equipment, which is in short supply all over the country.

But in discussions with Dr. David T. Martin from Apeiron Life and Dr. Brian Sennett from Penn Medicine, Embiid was told funding for antibody testing was one of the highest priorities, as it has the potential to lessen the need for personal protective equipment.

"It's not as easy as simply writing the check," Embiid said. "It's a process to figure out the best way you feel comfortable helping."

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