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Alonzo Mourning to celebrate giving omar life nearly one year later

Young Boy Celebrates this Holiday with Full Health and Reunites with Mourning

Alonzo Mourning, Founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities; four-year-old Omar Ferguson, transplant recipient; and the pediatric transplant surgeons who attended to Omar.

The ninth annual “33 Thanksgivings” continues when Mourning pays a special visit to the Ronald McDonald House of Miami where he will reunite with little Omar Ferguson, the young boy that received a liver transplant this time last year with help from Zo’s Fund For Life. Mourning initiated the “Give Omar Life” campaign last year to quickly raise funds to save the then three-year-old Omar Ferguson’s life by helping to fund a liver transplant.

Mourning will spend time with Omar who is in town for routine testing and celebrate his second chance at life. Mourning and staff from his Foundation will also host a pre-Thanksgiving feast at the Ronald McDonald House for all of the current residents and their families staying there.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

Ronald McDonald House of Miami
1145 NW 14th Terrace, Miami, FL 33136

Celebrate life! Little Omar laid in a hospital bed last holiday season at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus in Miami. He had been diagnosed with Biliary Atresia and was in end-stage liver cirrhosis. The only effective treatment option for Omar to survive was a liver transplant. He and his family, who reside in the Bahamas, did not have U.S. health insurance or the funds to pay out of pocket. Omar’s health was deteriorating quickly and in order for him to be placed on the transplant waiting list, hundreds of thousands of dollars had to be raised.

Mourning quickly recognized the importance of giving Omar the chance to live and not only donated towards his transplant but also helped raise money through his Zo’s Fund for Life organization. After being placed on life support, Omar received his new liver on December 13, 2008 and has responded very well. Since the surgery, Omar has had a full recovery and is thriving as a healthy four year old little boy with his new liver.

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Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation. Its vision is to inspire through advocacy, education and enrichment services. Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $7 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families. In addition to supporting numerous youth initiatives, AM Charities programs include:

  • Honey Shine Mentoring Program, founded in 2002, this program works to empower young girls to shine as women through bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that help encourage the balance of mind, body, and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future (
  • Overtown Youth Center, the first youth enrichment center opened by AM Charities in 2003 inspires and empowers youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services ( The next youth center is targeted for Bunche Park in Miami Gardens.
  • Zo’s Fund For Life was launched to create awareness for kidney disease and organ transplantation in addition to helping fund research and testing to fight Focal Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a degenerative kidney ailment that Mourning was diagnosed with at the start of the 2001 NBA season (
  • Other community initiatives include an annual youth sports conference, youth basketball clinic, scholarship and grant program, and a Thanksgiving and holiday program.

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Corporate Partnership With The Miami Heat And American Airlines Arena

Miami, FL, October 18, 2008 – Serenity Home Health Care is proud to announce our corporate partnership with The Miami Heat and The American Airlines Arena. We are excited to be affiliated with such a respected organization that branches out from not just entertainment. There community efforts speak volume. We are grateful and blessed for the opportunity to participate in there many charities and causes that give back to the community year round.

Through the years, Serenity has earned a reputation as a reputable agency that takes on challenges in patient care like no other. Serenity was founded with the philosophy to give back as our growth enables us to do so. Our most rewarding satisfaction comes in caring for those patients when possible that are less fortunate due to there individual circumstances.
For more information, please contact Mr. Vincent Carmona, Administrator.

Serenity Home Health Care, Inc. Awarded Accreditation From The Joint Commission

Miami, March 11, 2009 – By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Serenity Home Health Care, Inc.  has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval(TM).Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation.  Serenity Home Health Care, Inc., which provides Home Health Care services, received the accreditation award after The Joint Commission found that it had demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for home care organizations.  The on-site survey occurred in February.

In becoming accredited, Serenity Home Health Care was evaluated against a set of national standards by a Joint Commission (surveyor/team of surveyors) experienced in the delivery of home care services,” says Debra Zak, Ph.D., RN, L.Ac., executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. Achieving accreditation demonstrates Serenity Home Health Care’s commitment to provide high quality and safe care to its patients.

Mr. Vincent Carmona, Administrator, says Joint Commission accreditation shows that we make a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. We seek accreditation for our organization because we want to be the best and we view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward excellence.

He notes that accreditation is attainable only through the cooperation and communication among staff members. Everyone here at Serenity plays a valuable role in working to meet the standards.  I think it gives them a feeling of prestige to work in an accredited organization, says Mr. Carmona. They also appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with The Joint Commission (surveyor/team).

The Joint Commission Accreditation Survey Announcement

Miami, Florida, February 1, 2009 – The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization will conduct an accreditation survey of Serenity Home Health Care, Inc. on February 5 and 6, 2009. The purpose of the survey will be to evaluate the organization’s compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards. The survey results will be used to determine the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded.

Joint Commission standards deal with organizational quality of care issues and the safety of the environment in which care is provided. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent and valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the Joint Commission’s field representative at the time of the survey. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Request for a public information interview must be made in writing and should be sent to the Joint Commission no later than five working days before the survey begins. The request must also indicate the nature of the information to be provided at the interview. Such request should be addressed to Division of Accreditation Operations Accreditation Service Specialist. Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181 The Joint Commission will acknowledge such request in writing or by telephone and will inform the organization of the request of any interview. The organization will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time, and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with the Joint Commission’s requirements and may not be removed before the survey is completed. Date Posted: February 5, 2009.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BreastCancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Each year, more than 180,000 women in this country learn they have breast cancer. Breast cancer also affects more than 1,000 men in this country each year. That’s why routine check-ups are imperative for women. However, although experts do not recommend routine screening for men, it is still important to be informed on how to detect and acknowledge any early warning signs.

Being well informed can save lives, not only yours but those close to you. Our knowledge about breast cancer keeps increasing. For up-to-date information, call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer information service at 1-800-4cancer (1-800-422-6237)

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