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Mark Scotch, 64, is using his bicycle 1,500 miles alongside the Mississippi River to go to the one who impressed him to present a kidney
ST. LOUIS — A marathon bicycle owner arrived in St. Louis on Friday to have a good time Donate Life Month and speak about what impressed him to donate a kidney to avoid wasting a life.
Mark Scotch, 64, has accomplished a 3rd of his journey, having arrived from Madison, Wis. The event was marked by a reception within the Therapeutic Gardens at SSM Well being Saint Louis College Hospital.
Scotch is pedaling his bicycle alongside the Mississippi River from Madison to Louisiana, about 1,500 miles, on what he calls “The Organ Trail” to go to the one who impressed him to donate his kidney – Hugh Smith, 56.
They met in early 2020 when Scotch was visiting Louisiana. After chatting for an hour and listening to how Smith needed to be on dialysis 10 hours each evening after he went into renal failure in 2019, Scotch knew he wished to donate his kidney to his new buddy.
Donate Life ceremony at SLU Hospital Therapeutic Gardens
Though Scotch didn’t find yourself being a match for Smith, he was capable of present his kidney by way of the “Voucher Donor” program. His kidney was offered to a appropriate recipient in New York in honor of Smith, which then put Smith increased on the transplant ready checklist.
Scotch efficiently donated his kidney in September 2020, and Smith obtained his new kidney from one other donor in February 2021.
In two weeks, they plan to see one another for the primary time since their operations as Scotch completes the 1,500-mile, three-week journey to boost consciousness round dwelling kidney donation.
Scotch’s arrival in St. Louis marked 500 miles, or a 3rd of his journey. On Sunday, Scotch will start the following leg of his journey and head to Chester, In poor health.
Audio system for the Donate Life Month gathering at SSM Well being SLU Hospital:
- Steven Scott, SSM Well being Saint Louis College Hospital president
- Dr. Krista Lentine, medical director of dwelling donation at SLU Hospital
- Sara Danner, neighborhood engagement coordinator at Mid-America Transplant.
- Kourtney Ilbery, improvement supervisor at Nationwide Kidney Basis.
- Mark Scotch, 64, from Madison, Wis. (kidney donor, marathon bicycle owner)
- Dr. Mai Vo, SLUCare nephrologist at SLU Hospital
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