NBA star Marcus Smart, the number 6 pick in the NBA draft back in 2014, has transformed into a defensive star on the world’s best professional basketball stage. Playing for the Boston Celtics, Smart survived COVID-19 and recently joined “The Fight Is In Us” campaign, urging other survivors to donate plasma like he did. The plasma includes the antibody-rich treatment known as a hyperimmune.
The NBA star recently comments in a YouTube video “Right now, more than ever, we have to help each other.” Appealing to all that have fallen ill and recovered, Mr. Smart pleads, “If you had the coronavirus like I have, you could help a lot of people. But we need to hustle.” The video was also hosted by biotech company CSL Behring.
Why are Donations Important?
Because those millions that have recovered (over 3 million in the U.S. alone) from COVID-19 have developed powerful antibodies that can help those fight off the virus, too. Groups such as The Fight Is In Us Campaign are collecting donations and working to develop new therapies that will head to clinical trials. Success could lead to powerful treatments that can help humanity overcome this pandemic.
The Fight Is In Us Campaign
This campaign brings together a number of coalitions and organizations from academic medical centers (including the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program led by Mayo Clinic) to plasma biotech companies (such as Grifols and the CoVIg Plasma Alliance, including Biotest, BPL, CSL Behring and others) as well as national blood organizations such as American Red Cross to health benefits companies (payors) and committed non-profit organizations. Follow the link for more details.
The campaign is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lasker Foundation as well as Microsoft and the MITRE Corporation. Uber Health offers free roundtrip transportation for those who are eligible to donate.
Call to Action: Follow the link to learn more about this organization as well as donating.