Alonzo Mourning Overcomes Disease, Inspires Others

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Former NBA star Alonzo Mourning shares his personal triumph over the life-threatening kidney disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Regarding his ability to draw strength from crisis, Mourning states that “in every adversity there is a seed of equivalent benefit.”


Alonzo Mourning is a former NBA Champion and Georgetown Hoya. He graduated Georgetown in 1992 after playing four years of basketball and was the #2 pick in the draft that year.

Throughout his career, he played for the Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets, and Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship in 2006. He also won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

In 2000, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a kidney disease that eventually necessitated a kidney transplant in 2003.

His new book, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph, describes the numerous battles he faced in his life, and how he overcame them to end up where he is today – Georgetown University

Alonzo Mourning is a graduate of Georgetown University where he played basketball. He was selected second overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, behind Shaquille O’Neal. Mourning is a seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, and in the 2000 Olympics. Prior the start of the 2000-01 season with the Heat, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a disease of the kidneys.



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