Alabama woman launches campaign to find a kidney donor

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Montgomery woman has launched a campaign using billboards to search for a kidney donor. 

For two years, Johnson has been living with terrible news.

“The first thing that went through my mind was ‘I am going to die,'” Johnson said. 

In 2017, Johnson was diagnosed with kidney disease. Because of her treatment regimen and health, she was forced give up her career of being a therapist and helping people, now she’s on the other end.

“It’s different when the shoe is on the other foot, you’re used to helping people but now it’s hard to ask for help,” she said. 

Johnson is taking request for help to the streets of central Alabama, with billboards, car magnets and t-shirts all to find her miracle.

“Politicians do it to get votes don’t they,” she said. 

According to the Alabama Kidney Foundation, the state ranks fifth in the nation for kidney disease. Johnson is just one of the 12,000 dialysis patients in Alabama.

“Dialysis is a treatment that they have to have in order to survive, the only other option would be a kidney transplant or they will pass with kidney disease, ” said Shannon Morrell, regional director for the Alabama Kidney Foundation.

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