Knicks player returns to Fort Greene to give back, raise awareness for disease
A New York Knick is giving back to the community where he spent his childhood.
Taj Gibson organized an ice skating event for children at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene.
Synthetic ice was brought into a basketball court so children could get lessons on how to skate.
Gibson grew up at the Ingersoll Houses and often gives back to his community.
He says this event is extra special because it comes after his father had a heart transplant.
The pro basketball player says his father has hereditary amyloidosis, which is carried by a gene prevalent in African Americans.
"Amyloidosis can affect any organ in the body so you need to get checked out," Gibson says. "It's very important when you go have physicals, ask your doctor to check you for amyloidosis."
Gibson says he's grateful to have his father during the holiday season and wants people to be aware of the disease to catch it early.