Link: NYC police officer donates kidney to Kranepool

His name is Brian Cooney. He is just your every day New York Port Authority officer who serves the people and the community. At least, that’s what he’d like you to believe.

Cooney made the leap from police officer to lifesaver this past week when he donated one of his kidney’s to former New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool.

Kranepool had been on the transplant list since June 2018. As his condition worsened due to his age and the fact that he is an insulin dependent diabetic, his hope also began to waver.

In January, Kranepool told the New York Daily News, “The alternative is to give up, and you don’t want to give up. Life is fun. Life is good. And you can’t just grab a kidney off the shelf. There’s a lot of testing involved and it’s tedious. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s frustrating at times but what can you do?”

“I didn’t have a particular reason, there wasn’t a person I wanted to help and I didn’t have friends or family who needed it, but I talked to the hospital about donating to a stranger and they said they would love it if I did. I just wanted to help one person, but to enable other people get the help they need, it’s even better. It’s icing on the cake.”
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