Winner of USA Today’s 2021 Best of Humankind Awards!

Early in 2020, Mark Scotch –- a 64-year-old from Wisconsin, retired from a career of selling diagnostic equipment in the paper mill industry –- met Hugh Smith, a 56-year-old former professional horse jockey –- at Cane River Brewing in Hugh’s hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Although neither had ever seen the other before, both men can be described as “guys who never met a stranger.” They soon began to talk and here’s what Mark learned about Hugh.

The Mission

Hi! I’m Mark Scotch. I am here to prove that kidney donors can return to their previous level of activity and good health , functioning only on a single kidney, even if that includes vigorously sustained activities.

Additionally, I am sharing the knowledge that my wife Lynn and I have gained in the need for living donors and to spotlight those in certain need.

Essential Information

  • 13 people die every day in the United States due to a lack of kidney donors/transplants.
  • Not enough kidneys are donated each year through deceased donation as only 3 in 1000 potential deceased kidney donors die in a way that allows donation.  
  • If 10-15 out of every 10,000 people would become a living donor, we could eradicate the waiting list immediately.
  • Living donated kidneys last approximately twice as long as deceased donated kidneys, thereby reducing the amount of kidneys needed and the amount of times a recipient needs to go through the procedure during the course of their lifetime.
  • Any donor who registers through the Donor Care Network and donates through the National Kidney Registry will receive prioritization for a living donor kidney in the unlikely case that they need a kidney transplant in the future.
  • One does NOT have to have a recipient in mind to be a living donor.
  • Non-directed living donations allow anyone that feels the urge to donate to do just that, even to a complete stranger.

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