Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo has announced he’s donating his 2022 NBA salary to build a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and he’s doing it to honour his late father, François Biyombo.
In a video shared to social media, the basketball star explains that he left the NBA last year to be with his dad, taking him from DRC to Turkey for medical treatment before his death in August.
“One thing that really stuck out in my mind is that every day I go to the hospital back home to take care of him, I was always asking myself, ‘what about these people who can’t take their family out?'” Biyombo says in the clip.
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He adds that when he was asked to return to the NBA this season, he only agreed to do it if he could play “for something.”
He began by choosing a jersey with the number “18” on it, his dad’s birthday.
And now he’s also donating $1.3 million to help construct a hospital “to give hope to the hopeless at home and to those individuals that can not take their families out… so that they can somewhat have hope their loved ones will be able to leave and see another day.”
The hospital will be named after his dad too.
“We’re just trying to save as many lives as we can,” Biyombo says.
“I thought we were doing enough by refurbishing hospitals and clinics but I think it’s time we go a little bigger to service people, hopefully for generations.”
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