CHICAGO (CBS) — It was the largest gathering of “life savers” ever assembled. Living organ donors from around the world met at Millennium Park. The goal: to set a living donor Guinness World Record.
They did it: A whopping 475 donors were at the event. It was almost double what they needed to break the previous record.READ MORE: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Has 'Stepped Aside' Following Independent Probe Into 2010 Sexual Assault Claim Against Former Coach
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, a recent organ recipient, addressed the crowd. He received a kidney from his son last August.READ MORE: SWAT Teams On Scene For Hours As Man Barricades Himself In Lemont Township Home With Child
“My son is my hero. He gave me a second chance at life,” said Johnson. “It’s my obligation now to put a spotlight on organ donations period and I know it’s not an easy thing to be a living donor but it’s the right thing.”MORE NEWS: Data Show More Than 100 Carjackings In Austin Community This Year, Just 5 Not Far Away In Hermosa
Secretary of State Jesse White was also at the event. He started the Illinois Organ Tissue Donor Registry in 2006. That registry makes sure a person’s wish to be a donor is respected after they die.