Superintendent Eddie Johnson Encourages People To Become Organ Donors

Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks about the importance of organ donation. (WBBM/Nancy Harty)
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s most high-profile person waiting for a new kidney is encouraging people to become organ donors.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was literally preaching to the choir with his message on Sunday. He was speaking at the mega-church House of Hope in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, where 4,100 members signed up as organ donors 11 years ago. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.

Superintendent Johnson and the Gift of Hope donor network hope to get 1,000 new donors this month, which is Donate Life Month.

In the months since Johnson’s plight became public after he nearly fainted at a press conference, he’s had several people – including strangers – offer him one of their kidneys.

“That day after having that press conference, it occurred to me why this happened,” Johnson said. “It happened because God knew 31 years ago that I would be the superintendent of police. I would have a platform to highlight this.”

He said those have not panned out for one reason or another, but he’s not worried because he knows his chance is coming. Continue reading
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