'Organ Donation: A Life in the Balance': Journalist Promotes Organ Donation After Loss Of Husband

Felicia Middlebrooks
September 21, 2018 - 7:15 am

Photo provided by Renee Ferguson

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A life saving organ transplant doesn't always come in time, but the opportunity to encourage organ donation continues.  We conclude our week long series "Organ Donation: A Life in the Balance."

Veteran Journalist Renee Ferguson is numb with fresh grief, mourning the loss of her husband of 33 years, Ken Smikle.  Yet, through the veneer of her new normal, she remains resolute, about the value of organ donation. 

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She said this two days before Ken's passing.

"If it works out for us fine, but if it works out for others, even better, and that's how we have lived our lives and that's the kind of legacy that he wants and that's the kind of legacy that I would hope to have too," she said.

He needed a heart.  Jack Lynch with Gift of Hope talks about directed donation.

"Superintendent Eddie Johnson, he did not wait on the list, a moment. He got directed donation because it came directly from his son. But it could have came from any citizen," Lynch said.

"We can in our worst hours do something for others," Ferguson said.

Funeral services for Ken Smikle will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St