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Celebvocate: Alonzo Mourning lobbies for

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Alonzo Mourning in the Capitol. (Photo courtesy of Drake Sorey)

Another day, another star comes in Washington to cast his glow on a favored cause. Wednesday’s luminary: Alonzo Mourning

Setting: Rayburn House Office Building.

Event: A lunch hosted by the Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of research and patient groups.

Bona fides: Retired Georgetown and NBA All-Star; diagnosed with kidney disease in 2000 and got a transplant in 2003; went back to play pro basketball for six more years.

What he wants: Congress to preserve Medicare coverage for dialysis patients amid the fiscal cliff cuts.

How he looked: Very, very tall and elegant in a navy cashmere suit, ginormous NBA championship ring he won with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Quote: “These experiences allowed me to understand that I’m not here just for myself. . . I’m here as the voice of millions of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease.”

Forbidden topic: “Don’t ask any questions about the Heat losing to the Wizards,” he said, only half-joking, the morning after D.C.’s upset victory.

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