Stephen Curry surprises Oakland ICU nurse on FaceTime, praises her for grit and inspiration

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry continues to make a difference in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

His Instagram Live discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases helped inform a mass audience about COVID-19. 

On Monday, Curry surprised an intensive care nurse and her fellow staffers with a FaceTime appearance in which the two-time NBA MVP shared how inspired he was by her dedication as a front-line healthcare worker.

Shelby Delaney of the Summit Medical Center in Oakland was one of the first nurses to volunteer to help coronavirus patients at the hospital. Curry made sure the 27-year-old knew how important that was.

“I can’t thank God enough for what you’re doing and just the sacrifice, the selflessness and the way everybody’s coming together,” Curry told her on the call. “Thank you so much for just what you do, your heart and the inspiration you provide for everybody.”

Delaney then told Curry that the respect was mutual. Curry learned about Delaney’s fandom, and the hospital and Warriors set up the meeting. Delaney and her now-husband had their first date at a Warriors game and last week wore a Curry jersey under her scrubs to bring out her “inner warrior” during tough times. 

“It’s a really steep learning curve, you’ve got two people you’re trying to make sure they don’t die all shift, and I just had a lot of tough stuff going on with family,” Delaney told Curry. “There’s a lot of times I did want to quit and give up and do something easier. And that’s kind of when I started wearing the jersey, it was my way of gathering my strength, reminding myself that I got this.”

Delaney posted video of the call on Facebook, writing of the memorable exchange: “Yesterday was one of the coolest moments of my life; I was able to meet my hero, Stephen Curry. He thanked me and my colleagues for all our hard work on the frontlines during this pandemic. And I was finally able to thank him for all the inspiration and strength he’s given me over the years.”

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