It’s been seven years since methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nearly took Grant Hill’s life. Since then, the Suns forward has dedicated himself to raising awareness to the deadly Staph infection through his involvement in Stop MRSA Now.

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“When I was diagnosed with an MRSA infection, it was hard to get information about the illness or even how to help prevent the spread of it,” Hill said.  “This infection is becoming an issue in community settings across the country and that is why, as an athlete and a father, I am joining STOP MRSA Now to offer a playbook on prevention so that everyone can get in the game to help reduce the spread of MRSA.”

Hill is a partner in the Stop MRSA Now Coalition’s “Equip Them Well” program, an initiative to help teach families and sports teams about practical MRSA prevention steps, such as washing hands and disinfecting equipment with a bleach solution. Like so many others who have been affected by MRSA, a potentially life-threatening antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria, Hill understands the importance of prevention, both in the locker room and on the court.

Although there is still much research to be done about MRSA, STOP MRSA Now members are urging others to help reduce the spread of MRSA with the following five-point plan, from the STOP MRSA Now playbook:
1. Scrub up – Wash hands for at least 15 seconds (enough time to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer
2. Wipe it down – Use a bleach solution to disinfect surfaces (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)
3. Cover your cuts – Keep any nicks or wounds covered until healed
4. Keep to yourself – Do not share personal items
5. Use a barrier – Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment

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  • Penny Brown

    My mom has MRSA in the bones in her face. The one cheek bone has been infected so severely that that bone has become soft and mushroomed. She had a pic line put into the artery in her heart and was on months of antibiotics. The infection has not been cleared up in many years. It then went into her feet and hands recently. My wish would be for something that will help her. They said that because of the location is the only reason she is still alive today.

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  • Gary Boersma

    Hi Grant
    Thanks so much for informing me about MRSA. I had never heard of it until just now. I will heed your advice and follow your 5 point plan. Good luck to you and the Phoenix Suns in your on going Basketball schedule to win the championship this year. Your definitely my favorite team and have been following you for the last 10 years since my USAF retirement and move from Michigan.
    GO Suns
    Gary Payson Arizona