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.
This is an extremely inspirational story.I was particularly touched by it due to the fact that over the past eight years I have experienced several life threatening diseases. Begining in 2002 with colorectal cancer and after several years followed by experiencing a quadrupal bypass.
I have come through these with the assistance and talent of many wonderful people. All of my strength was not internal. A lot of it came to me from outside sources
From all the wonderful nurses and Doctors that I've met on this journey to all the friends who joined me in support, to all the friends who I've made along the way; each of them has enabled me to maintain a positive approach to survivorship.I owe a great debt to all of them for helping me through this dark time with a bright and positive outlook. For each of them I'm eternally grateful.
Mr. Mournings short speech simply added to this feeling and reinforced my belief in maintaining a positive approach to life and to understand that We ARE NOT ALONE.
To quote Nietczhie,"Whatever does not destroy me, makes me stronger !"