Supt. Johnson, Son Honored By Organ Donation Group

Nancy Harty
October 16, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, left, talks about the kidney donation he received from his son, Daniel. (WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is being honored for his role in promoting kidney donation after receiving one from his son two years ago. 

The superintendent was very public about his search for a donor and after months of not finding a match, Daniel Johnson offered up one of his kidneys. 

The surgery was in August 2017 and both men say they're doing really well now.

Daniel, now 28, said he was able to start at the police academy eight weeks after the procedure, without any issues except for struggling to do sit-ups as his incision healed. 

The father and son will receive the Gift of Life award from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois at the charity's 34th annual gala at the Drake Hotel next Thursday night.

The elder Johnson said people regularly come up to him on the street to tell him that his story moved them to become organ donors.

He said that's especially important in the African-American community, which is disproportionately affected by kidney disease. 

"There are a lot of amazing people in this world that still have amazing contributions to make. They just need someone to step up to the plate and donate that organ,” he said.

The Gift of Life award honors people who the foundation says have made a difference when it comes to kidney disease, prevention, transplantation and donation.