Ronny Turiaf knows what it is like to need medical care for your heart and not have money to receive proper treatment. Growing up on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, Ronny Turiaf made a name for himself on the basketball court. He was drafted to the NBA in 2005 and was set to play for the Lakers until an echocardiogram showed a life-threatening heart condition – an enlarged aortic root. After undergoing open-heart surgery, he was back on the court to play the remainder of the 2005-2006 season and now plays with the New York Nicks.
When his own health problem was discovered Ronny was just out of college and could not pay for the surgery. He was however fortunate enough that some people came to his aid and now he is in a position where he can “pay it forward” to children and adults who need heart care and cannot afford it.
The Ronny Turiaf’s Heart to Heart Foundation was established in August 2009 to provide medical care for children who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the care that they so desperately need.
The Gable Heart Beats foundation is excited to have Ronny and Heart to Heart on our team.