Resilience

Publisher: ESPN
In 2000, Alonzo Mourning was on top of the world: He had a fat new NBA contract, an Olympic gold medal, and a second beautiful child–plus the fame and wealth he had earned playing the game he loved. But in September of that year he was diagnosed with a rare and fatal kidney disease. Over the next couple of years, as his health faltered, he retired, unretired, and retired again–and sought to make sense of what remained of his life. Finally in 2003, after a frantic search for a donor match, Mourning had a new kidney and a new outlook. He vowed to make this second chance count by dedicating his life to others.

By sharing his experiences of the chasms and peaks of illness and recovery, Mourning delivers a message of faith and fire, trust and triumph. Resilience is a story of both meaningful everyday lessons and the things, great and small, that truly matter in life.

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THE WAKE- UP CALL

The kid wouldn’t eat. Not a bite. There was nothing his father could do. Doctors, nurses, and even fellow patients tried and got nowhere. For almost two weeks, no food. “I think he was giving up,” said Brian Mossbarger of his ten-year- old son, Zach. Of all the setbacks in a...
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PRAISE FOR

"Most people know Alonzo Mourning as a world-class athlete—an Olympic and NBA Champion—but he is so much more than that. The pages of Resilience reveal the many hurdles Alonzo has overcome throughout his life, and there have been many, from his childhood spent in foster care to his return to the NBA after undergoing kidney transplant surgery. Through it all, Alonzo has shown a rare combination of faith, optimism, and resolve in achieving his goals... and those goals go far beyond the basketball court. Resilience is an inspiring book, written by one of the most charitable people in professional sports."— Lance Armstrong


“[Mourning] writes with typical Zo passion and bluntness about his difficult youth, his foster mother, his comeback from a kidney transplant and his championship season with the Heat. . . . It was heartening to see a line of Mourning fans snaking through the courtyard [at his book signing], proving that fondness for sports and fondness for reading are not mutually exclusive.”—Miami Herald