Visit to Capitol Hill with Alonzo Mourning
While photographing with the Steve Smith Photography team last week in Washington DC for kidney dialysis company DaVita’s annual Nationwide event I received this awesome text message. The interaction went a little something like this.
Client: “We need a photographer to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow with one of Alonzo Mourning and one of our lobbyists”
Me: “Like Alonzo Mourning from the Miami Heat?”
Me: “Tell me when and where”
With clearance from my bosses, I was looking at my first celebrity photographing escapade.
Alonzo Mourning is a 16 year NBA veteran, playing the majority of his career for the Miami Heat. In 2000, Alonzo was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a disease of the kidneys. As a big advocate of kidney care, Mourning joined forces with leadership from the American Kidney Fund, the National Kidney Foundation, Dialysis Patient Citizens and DaVita. Our integration with DaVita landed us the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Alonzo on Capitol Hill.
The mission behind the visit was focused around proposed reimbursement changes to Medicare’s dialysis benefit with various senators and representatives. Mr. Mourning’s drive that carried him so successfully on the court is just as strong off of the court. His passion and commitment to creating awareness for kidney care and compensation was truly inspiration to see as he went head to head with some of the most influential in the evolution of our health care transformation.
It was a hell of a day for me. Everything piece of the adventure from hanging out with Alonzo Mourning for an afternoon to seeing the in’s and out’s of the Capitol to meeting the people who relay the public’s voice was an incredible experience that I will not soon forget.
Driving to the Hill.
House of Representatives.
Senator Orin Hatch.
Senator Bill Nelson posting up on the railing to get eye to eye with Zo.
Kerry and Lieberman
Senator Barbara Boxer.
Senator Bob Corker.
Senator Herb Kohl, owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ways and Means Chairman, Sandy Levin.
Budget Committee Chairman, John Spratt
Press from the afternoon’s events.