WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.
So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.
Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.
“I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”