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NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning is at the Top of his Game When It Comes to Spreading the Word About Chronic Kidney Disease
Date:3/5/2008

The American Association of Kidney Patients Honors Mourning with 2008 Life

Membership Award During National Kidney Month

MIAMI, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- To recognize his extraordinary commitment to raising awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) today announced that Alonzo Mourning, seven-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star and center for the Miami HEAT, is the 2008 recipient of AAKP's Life Membership Award. AAKP will honor Mourning at tonight's Miami HEAT game vs. the Toronto Raptors during the half-time show.

Mourning was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000, and had a kidney transplant in 2003. Since then, Mourning has made a triumphant return to the NBA, and has dedicated much of his life to helping others with kidney disease.

"It is a great honor to receive this award from AAKP, an organization that does important work for people living with CKD," said Mourning. "My biggest win is that I am healthy and, with groups like AAKP, I am able to help fight CKD by encouraging people who are at risk to talk to their doctors and get tested and treated as early as possible."

Earlier today, a kick-off breakfast was held at the AmericanAirlines Arena for National Kidney Month and to recognize Mourning for his dedication to raising awareness of CKD. The breakfast was sponsored by Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.

"Since his diagnosis, Mourning has been motivating physicians and the public to take action -- encouraging those who are at risk for chronic kidney disease to get tested and treated," said AAKP President Roberta Wager, RN, MSN. "Because of his tireless commitment and drive to raise public awareness and money for research -- and his ability to share his personal experience living with this disease -- Mourning has touched countless lives with his important message."

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