… money for cancer research, cancer treatment and worked with the Special Olympics. He has also been involved with the Hempstead New York Salvation Army since his childhood in Nassau County, N.Y.
In terms of donating to Lupus and cancer awareness or volunteering for charity, Erving has a message for those on the fence: “We’re all affected by this. Do what you can. And don’t think twice about it. Just do it.”
Erving is also currently a spokesperson for CORD:USE, a life sciences and services company focused upon providing proven high quality stem cell therapeutics to patients in need.
“I’m presently very, very humbled I’m involved with the company,” he says. “We work very diligently to improve the quality of life and in come cases change the lives of those affected.”
As the legend goes, Dr. J received his nickname at Roosevelt High School in Roosevelt, N.Y., during the 1960s. He called teammate Leon Saunders the professor, and Saunders, in turn, called Erving the doctor. The nicknames stuck with Erving and Saunders when they played together at UMass, and eventually for Erving, in ABA and NBA.
Watch out, there’s a doctor in the house.