LoHud | Jane Lerner
|Greenburgh Police Officer Jeff Cerone at his home in Cortlandt on Sept. 10, 2015. Cerone has a rare genetic defect with his kidneys and is looking for a donor to help save his life. (Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News)|
GREENBURGH — Police Officer Jeff Cerone works the night shift, ready in an instant to help anyone who needs assistance.
It's not immediately obvious that the nine-year police veteran is in need of some life-saving help himself.
Cerone, 34, found out two years ago that he has a rare genetic disease that is slowly destroying his kidneys. His wife, Gina, a teacher at Ardsley High School, has started a social media campaign to try to find someone willing to give him a kidney and to raise awareness about organ donation.
"We're looking for anyone to be a donor," he said.
Cerone has four brothers scattered across the country who are getting tested to determine if they can be suitable donors. But first, doctors have to make sure that they don't have the same rare disease.
The condition, C3 glomerulonephritis, impairs the kidney's ability to filter waste from the blood. Cerone's kidneys are functioning at only 14 percent of the normal level. Continue reading