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Wrestling event helps man with kidney disease

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Chris Hatler realized eight years ago during a routine checkup he only had one kidney.

Then, several years later, that kidney started failing meaning he needed a transplant.

Little did he know, he was married to his perfect match.

"Husband and wife is rare but a complete stranger is not rare," said Chris' wife Billie Hatler.

Against his wishes, Billie gave Chris a new kidney just a few months ago.

"There wasn't no discussion. There wasn't a need for him to stay on a list two or three or four years when I could give him one and our lives could start back to normal," she told WDRB.

Their new normal is weekly doctor checkups and daily insulin shots.

But, they've got a pretty strong support system.

The Hatler's have been involved with IWA Mid South Wrestling since 1996.

They started off just as fans.

"Next thing you know I'm in the ring with them and here we are now," said Chris Hatler.

"It's an amazing thing. There's not a whole lot of wives out there that would take the chance and say I'll give you one of mine," said John Williams.

The event was thrown together by Williams, or as he's known inside the ring, Ian Rotten.

"Billie was telling me how much trouble they were having and I thought let's put on a show. I don't know how much crowd we can do in ten days but we'll get it together," he said.

Over 100 people showed up, more than happy to pay a few bucks to watch the benefit show.

"This is my second family. They called me up and said they were going to do a big show for me, to have me here and it turned out better than what I thought it would," Hatler told WDRB.

The wrestlers might put on a tough persona for the audience but there's no doubt, they've got a soft spot for one another.

"We need him on earth as long as we possibly can," Williams said.

"I love it. I feel special," added Chris.

Hatler was back in the hospital recently when his body started rejecting his new kidney but  he said his most recent check up was the best yet.

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