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Zo’s busy week

Author. Voter registration advocate. Medical center spokesman.

Heat center Alonzo Mourning is busy these days. His autobiography, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

He spent Wednesday on Florida college campuses – stopping at FIU, Florida Memorial University and the University of Central Florida – to register voters and encourage them to vote for Barack Obama.

Read about his appearance at UCF here.

And this morning, the kidney transplant recipient became the spokesman for the Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. See photo (by Robert I. Siegel) of Mourning shaking hands with Dr. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president of medical affairs and dean of the Miller School.

Mourning, who was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease in 2000, discussed how his own experience, including being surprised by the cost of anti-rejection medications, and struggling to make his return to basketball, inspired him to want to help others.

The institute has performed 7,000 kidney transplants.

“I know firsthand that transplantation saves lives and I want to lend my voice and influence to build the Miami Transplant Institute into a world leader in clinical care and research,” Mourning said in a statement.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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