Celebrity Hoops: Ex-Kansas Jayhawk Alonzo Jamison needs kidney transplant

Ex-Jayhawk Alonzo Jamison and wife Colleen need your help

Zo Jamison needs kidney transplant.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas Jayhawk Alonzo Jamison needs a kidney and you have a chance to aid the cause in “slam dunk” fashion. On Saturday, June 4, at 5 PM, the “Hoops For Hope” foundation is sponsoring a charitable Celebrity Basketball Game at Avila University to raise funds and awareness for organ donation. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids ages 5 to 12. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted for free. Tickets must be purchased at the door. Former Kansas City Chiefs Marcus Collins, Derrick Alexander and Marcus Spears are expected to play.

The Harlem Globetrotters of years past will perform at halftime.

Kick return legend Dante Hall and a bunch of ex-Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals will also play.

Avila University is located at 11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Mo., 64145. 

Jamison, who starred on KU’s 1991 Final Four team, is suffering from Type 2 diabetes — an illness that has caused his kidneys to fail. He’s currently in total renal failure which requires 10 hours of daily dialysis at a costly rate of $10,000 per week. 

“Went to the doctor and they told me I needed to be on dialysis like yesterday,” said Jamison who gave up basketball last year after he started feeling bad. “It’s been a whirlwind ever since, but I tell you what, it’s been a 180-degree change. I feel a hell of a lot better [after starting dialysis] than I ever felt.”

Jamison won’t play in the celebrity game. But he’s expected to coach against Clay Johnson’s team of grizzled All-Stars. Johnson, if you recall, played with Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the early ’80s. The celebrity game will also feature a silent auction of cool sports memorabilia.

The list of items include: an actual base with Alex Gordon’s autograph, aerial shots (autographed by Wade Davis and Eric Hosmer) of the huge victory celebration at Union Station after the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, autographed footballs from Kansas City Chiefs legends in addition to autographed footballs from legendary Green Bay Packers Jan Stenerud, Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman.

Jamison’s wife, Colleen, doesn’t share his blood type. But she was recently approved for kidney paired donation. “Maybe there’s somebody else out there that can use my kidney and maybe they have a kidney that he can use and we can all go into the hospital together and all come out happy,” she said.

For more on the celebrity hoops fundraiser, CLICK HERE!

You can also call 913.488.3917 or send an email to [email protected].

See you at the game on June 4th!


  1. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family 🙂

  2. Once a jayhawk always a jayhawk…..

    We luv u Zo!

  3. Wow! $10K a month? That’s crazy.

  4. Can anybody explain Type 2 diabetes? Is it genetic?

  5. Im not a doctor but I hear the major link to type 2 diabetes is obesity, i.e a BMI over 30. There are also other factors like high consumption of sugar, not enough exercise, and a sluggish immune response system which are all indicative of an unhealthy lifestyle. Hope this helps.

  6. Praying for u Zo…… hang in there big fella

    What we do know is there is a genetic link in MOST type 2 cases
    poor diet
    lack of exercise
    being overweight
    skipping meals
    binge eating
    poor lifestyle
    are all RISK FACTORS
    but not causes
    Type 2 can be treated in different ways depending on how high the blood glucose levels are the treatments include
    diet and exercise
    Oral medication
    Insulin Injections
    or a combination of them or even all of them

  8. This is a very serious disease that is spreading fast! It is NOT caused by Sugar. We have all been given diabetes by a change in the food processing. It is in the cell structure of most Americans. This is sad and dangerous. Million will die or become impotent and lose their fingers and toes..

  9. I still remember the big game Zo had against top seed Arkansas in the 1991 regional final to help KU pull the upset and reach the Final 4. JayhawkNation loves u baby! Stay strong.

  10. There has to be somebody out there with a match. Hopefully they step up. Rock Chalk Zo!

  11. Prayin for u every night Alonzo!

  12. Charles N Charge

    Diabetes suck…… get well Zo

  13. $10,000 per week? Ill sell Zo one of mine for $50,000

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