In May, Jeff Green, an NBA player with the Brooklyn Nets, surprised two Harboring Hearts heart patients over Zoom. In 2012, Jeff had emergency heart surgery which unexpectedly put his entire basketball career on hold. After recovering from his surgery, Jeff fought his way back to the NBA. Needless to say, Jeff has an inspiring story to share.
During each surprise meeting, Jeff shared his own heart journey story, gave words of wisdom, and left Javon and Jaslin feeling like they could do anything!
Javon, a 26-year-old who was in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant and an avid Brooklyn Nets fan. From his hospital bed, Javon expressed how much he loves basketball and shared his expectations of Jeff for the NBA Playoffs, which were happening at the time of their meeting. Javon, like Jeff, is a dad, a role that keeps them fighting and focused on getting and staying healthy. A week after his surprise, Javon received his new heart and is now recovering at home.
Javon and Jeff
Jaslin, an 8-year-old heart surgery patient, smiled ear to ear as soon as Jeff and his wife, Stephanie, popped on the screen. Jaslin drew a picture for Jeff and Stephanie, which she presented them with on the call. Stephanie, the author of Dream, Little Girl, Dream, read Jaslin her story. Towards the end of their meeting, Jeff asked Jaslin who her favorite basketball player was – she said Lebron, Kobe, and Jeff!
Jaslin, Ana (mom), Jeff, and Stephanie
Thank you to Jeff and Stephanie Green for your compassion and warmth. Your words were inspiring and gave Javon and Jaslin space to reflect on their journeys! Thank you to the NBA and Brooklyn Nets for your support! Check out this link to learn more about Jeff’s heart journey!