Plover man nears end of ‘Organ Trail’ journey


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JACKSON, Miss. (WSAW) – Saturday will mark three weeks since Plover’s Mark Scotch set off on his ‘Organ Trail’ mission, biking from Madison, Wisconsin, to Natchitoches, Louisiana, to unfold consciousness in regards to the want for dwell organ and kidney donors.

A kidney donor himself, Mark made a cease in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday to satisfy the employees on the hospital the place his good friend, Hugh Smith, the person whose story impressed Mark to donate his kidney, had his transplant. He has simply over 200 miles of biking left earlier than reaching his vacation spot in Louisiana, with a celebration scheduled for Might 21 on the microbrewery the place Hugh and Mark first met.

“It’s been enjoyable,” mentioned Mark, describing the journey whereas talking with NewsChannel 7 over the cellphone. “Everyone’s actually been pitching in properly. My son flew out from Oregon and spent a pair days with us in St. Louis and my brother simply flew out to Memphis; he’s going to complete (the journey) with me. We’ve had riders from Madison, Dubuque, Iowa; buddies in St. Louis. It’s been enjoyable dropping off after a pair days after which choosing up with different folks.”

Whereas the over 1500-mile trek has been fairly the journey with completely different sights and experiences taken in alongside the best way, Mark hasn’t forgotten his foremost purpose which is to tell anybody who will pay attention in regards to the want for dwell organ donors.

“Everyone we discuss to, from fuel station attendants, eating places; folks we meet in all places we will say just a few phrases and everyone is absolutely studying one thing,” Mark mentioned. “We actually really feel that we’re getting our message throughout and hopefully that ripple will journey alongside just a little bit.”

To observe alongside on the ultimate leg of Mark’s journey, you might be inspired to love ‘The Organ Path’ Fb web page for each day updates.

If you’re fascinated by signing as much as be a dwell kidney donor, you possibly can go to the National Kidney Donor Organization’s website for extra info.

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