“Organ Trail” bike ride set to pass through Brewster

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A Wisconsin man is set to pass through Brewster Friday morning as part of “The Organ Trail,” a 1,600-mile bike ride to raise awareness for kidney disease, living donation and post-donation functionality.

On Thursday, Mark Scotch, 65, had just left Times Square—his first time in New York City—when reached by phone. He had met two New York-area men who were hoping to find a match, and Scotch was eager to help them get the word out.

“The Organ Trail is all about generating awareness for the need for kidney donors, especially living kidney donors, but it’s also about showing people that even with one kidney, you can still lead a life full of activities, even if those activities are sustained and vigorous,” said Scotch.

This is the second time Scotch has set out on such a ride. In May, he completed his first Organ Trail journey of 1,500 miles, riding from Madison, Wisconsin to Natchitoches, Louisiana. This time, Scotch is traveling from Martha’s Vineyard to his home in Wisconsin.

By the time Scotch reaches Brewster, he’ll be nearly a week into his journey. The route takes Scotch along the newly completed Empire Trail all the way up to Albany, the next stop on the journey and site of another fundraising event. Scotch expects to make it back home to central Wisconsin by Saturday, October 16.

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If you’d like to ride along with Mark Scotch for any portion of his ride, contact Mark Bruner at 914-414-7936.

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