Man Takes Advantage of Cold Weather to Ask for Kidney

Published 01/08 2014 11:08AM

Updated 01/08 2014 11:09AM

(KARE) It's nearly impossible not to notice the giant, smiling kidney snow sculpture that has made its home on Hillside Trail in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

"We're on a predominant corner on a busy street in Cottage Grove," said Jennie Gorbunow.

If Jennie is the brain behind the organ work, her husband, Jim, is the brawn.

"I took some pieces of wood out of my garage and I built a big square three quarter box, and I took my snow blower and threw a bunch of snow into that," explained Jim Gorbunow.

With the help of his brother, the two packed down a good 7 feet of snow and started to chisel away.

But this is just the beginning of the work.

"This one's just running on empty now," explained Jim, who had his first kidney transplant 13 years ago.

Now, he's in need of another. He said, at best, a transplanted kidney only lasts about 15 years.

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