Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 9/10/12

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: 2010 Honoree and former NBA player Bill Russell speaks during the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis)

Bill Russell was unable to make trip to Eastern LI from Seattle. He had 2 heart procedures within last month. Some days worse than others.

— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) September 10, 2012

Peter Vescey posted about attending Russ's 2nd annual Mentoring conference that also included NBA greats John Havlicek, Clyde Drexler, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore and Bruce Bowen along with other sports figures. He then posted the above tweet about Russ's health preventing him from attending.

The event benefited The National Mentoring Partnership champions youth mentoring in the United States. Its goal is to help children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide, and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, research and tools. It works closely with state mentoring partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers throughout the country, serving more than 3 million children in all 50 states.

This is a great program that Russ has championed very successfully. My thoughts and prayers along with those of the entire Celtic Nation go out for a quick and full recovery for Mr Russell. We want you there to see the Celtics raise Banner 18 this season.

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