Miami Dolphins’ Anthony Fasano relocated Delray patients ahead of Irma

Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano, shown in the offices of the Next Chapter addiction and trauma center he launched in Delray Beach. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

OXNARD, Calif. — Like many Dolphins, tight end Anthony Fasano had concerns that extended beyond football as he left South Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

He has a wife. A daughter 1 1/2 years old. Two large dogs.

But Fasano has one other major concern: Two years ago, he launched Next Chapter, an addiction and trauma treatment center in Delray Beach that handles more than a dozen patients at a time, housing them in two nearby homes the center owns.

Anthony Fasano and Adam Gase.

So last Thursday, employees of the center relocated 16 patients to a cabin on the Georgia-Tennessee line.

“We had to bus them all the way up there,” Fasano said. “Thursday, they left and they didn’t get there until late Friday night, a 26-hour drive. It was tough, so I’m really appreciative of those employees and the clients that we have there of being patient and accepting the situation.”

“Accepting” might be an understatement.

“All my reports say they’ve been great,” Fasano said. “They did whitewater rafting. They did zip-lining.”

Fasano said the two homes suffered no major damage but did lose power. The plan is to return late this week.

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