WOODBURY - A man who had been kept alive by dialysis has a Seaford business owner, who was his boyhood friend, to thank for giving him a new lease on life.

Tom Lambert and Roger Ferrara were best friends since the eighth grade, but after school, each went their separate way. After 25 years, Lambert reconnected with Ferrara on the Internet and was stunned to hear that his old friend was on dialysis, with only slim prospects for survival.

After doing research about kidney disease, Lambert decided to become a donor to save Ferrara's life.

"People have asked me, 'he's just a friend, why would you do something like that?' and I really don't have this big answer other than because I could," Lambert says.

Ferrara, a retired postal worker from Queens, received a transplant two weeks ago at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and is now recovering. He jokes he's got much more than just a new kidney.

"I got a little Irish in me too," Ferrara says.

There are about 86,000 people currently awaiting kidney donations across the country.

For an interview with the men about the kidney donation, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.Living Kidney Donors Network