'Inspired By Life,' Man Saved By Kidney Transplant Spotlights Awareness


"I was given a second chance at life, to become something more." Matthew Botchler offers a wood-turned prize in contest to raise awareness.

SOUTHOLD, NY — A man whose life was saved after his wife's childhood best friend donated her kidney will remain forever grateful.

And now, Matthew Botchler has created a new Facebook contest featuring his beautiful wood carvings as a way to raise awareness during National Kidney Month in March and in April, National Donate Life Month — so that the lives of others might be saved.

"I'm hoping to do a giveaway for one of my wood-turned pieces. To enter or be eligible you have to be a registered organ donor in the state you live in. Also show proof of that and, by the end of month, I'll put all the names in a bowl and do a Facebook live, pick the name, and announce it," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Botchler said his goal for the March contest is to create awareness surrounding kidney disease and the importance of kidney health. Continue reading