Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, with Honey Bug Adriana Walton at the 7th Annual Hats Off Luncheon
to drop off meals and spend time with residing children and families.
IL: In 2000, you were diagnosed with the rare kidney disease Focal Glomerulosclerosis af- ter a routine pre-season physical checkup. After a kidney transplant, you are doing well. Since then, you founded Zo's Fund for Life, a foundation to raise awareness about kidney disease and to seek funding for research. Tell us more about the work of this fund.
AM: We launched Zo’s Fund For life during the 2001 NBa all-Star Week- end. The program raises funds for research, educa- tion, and testing to fight Focal Glomerulosclero- sis (FSGS). This summer, through legislation, the “alonzo Mourning access to care act” was signed into law in the State of Flor- ida by Governor charlie christ. This act is expected to make 11,050 eSRD pa- tients and 200,000 patients with disabilities eligible for the same Medigap coverage.
28 states have adopted Me- digap coverage, and there are discussions about taking the legislation to a national level. You can learn more at www.ZosFundForLife.com.
IL: In 2003, your wife, Tracy Wilson Mourning, founded the Honey Shine Mentoring Program for girls ages 8-18. What ac- tivities do the girls partic- ipate in?
AM: The honey Shine Mentoring Program is a program of alonzo Mourn- ing charities that works to empower young girls to shine as women. They host bi-weekly workshops and an annual four-week sum- mer camp that encour- ages the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nur- turing experiences that en- lighten their paths and em- power their future. More information is available at www.HoneyShine.org.
IL: What plans do you have for your charity work in the future? What would you like to do next?
AM: We plan to continue all of current programming
Been there before – Alonzo visits a transplant recipient in Arizona International Life Magazine
and expand the reach of our services. There are so many communities that can benefit from what we do. With the added help of individual do- nors and corporate partners we can impact so many oth- er lives. My wife’s program, the honey Shine Mentoring Program, has taken off as well, currently serving more than 150 girls. i’m glad to see we’re helping out young girls through Tracy’s leader- ship and inspiration.
IL: In 2008, your mem- oir, Resilience, was re- leased. Why did you de- cide to write a memoir, and what do you hope people will get out of reading it?
AM: i wanted to share the hardships and challenges i’ve endured and overcome in Resilience, from petition- ing myself into foster care as a ten-year-old, to study- ing my way onto the Dean's list at Georgetown, surviv- ing an incurable and degen- erative kidney disease and transplant, as well as push- ing to become a top player in the NBa. i wanted my story to become a symbol of hope and strength and to inspire people.
IL: Do you have a fa- vorite book that you would recommend for our readers?
AM: anyone can benefit from Resilience. it can be ap- plied to any situation. i share all of the struggles i’ve gone through with hope and faith at the forefront.
IL: Is there something else that you dream to