Published: Feb. 14, 2024 at 2:10 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. (WSAW) - Plover residents Mark and Lynn Scotch have been awarded the Hometown Hero Award.

The couple was honored on Tuesday during a legislative session in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point presented the Scotchs with the Hometown Hero Award, an honor granted by the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Mark and Lynn have both donated their kidneys. He now spreads the word about living donations.

“The story of Mark and Lynn Scotch and the Organ Trail is really quite remarkable. Mark was moved to donate a kidney after a chance meeting at a brewery, and his generous and life-changing decision spurred a chain of events that led to Lynn donating her kidney too. As they launched the Organ Trail, biking thousands of miles across the country to raise awareness about the power of living donations, they have made a tremendous impact on countless people in Wisconsin and across the country. Lynn and Mark’s shared commitment to making life-saving kidney donations and continuing to raise awareness that kidney donors can live healthy and normal lives following their donation is an inspiration to many,” said Rep. Shankland.

“I am proud to have nominated Mark and Lynn for this award, as their selfless actions have saved lives, and their advocacy to encourage living donors continues to save lives today. I strongly encourage everyone to visit to learn more about Mark and Lynn’s story, the Organ Trail, and how you can get involved,” she said.