Wife uses billboard to find kidney donor for husband

Wife uses billboard to find kidney donor for husband

Posted: Updated: Jan 15, 2014 10:48 PM
Bobby Johnson currently receives dialysis three days a week. Bobby Johnson currently receives dialysis three days a week.
LEBANON, Tenn. -

With time running out for a Lebanon man suffering from kidney disease, his wife decided to make a bold request with the use of a billboard.

Cindy Johnson said she is hopeful the billboard along a busy stretch of Interstate 40 with her face and the words "Help save my husband's life" will help her husband receive a kidney transplant.

Bobby Johnson, who suffers from kidney disease and receives dialysis three days a week, was first against the idea of the public plea when his wife's sister made the suggestion.

"Number one, he was worried about cost. Two, he said he didn't want his face plastered on a billboard. I said 'Okay, that's fine,'" Cindy said. "He basically told me not to do it and I didn't. [My sister] did."

Since the billboard went up, Cindy told Nashville's News 2 they have had a number of people call to see how they can help.

"It seems like every day we keep getting calls and most, the majority of the people who are calling, want to see if they are a match," she said.

Cindy stated she believes the non-traditional way of searching for a donor for her husband may be the thing that saves his life.

"There was one night we got home and he couldn't get out of the car he was so tired," she recalled, adding, "We've been on the kidney transplant list for 18 or 19 months and we've not had any hope yet."

For more information on Bobby's journey, call 615-559-8450 or visit his Web site.

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