Loveland resident Rebecca Marsh hopes to help set Guinness World Record at largest living organ donor rally

REPORTER-HERALD | Shelley Widhalm
Rebecca Marsh of Loveland peeks out March 6 from behind her car, which has a kidney donor decal on the back. Marsh, who donated one of her kidneys through a paired exchange, is participating in the Guinness World Record Attempt: Living Donor Rally on April 21 in Chicago at a bean-shaped sculpture called "The Bean" in Millennium Park's Cloud Gate. (Shelley Widhalm / Special to the Loveland Reporter-Herald)
When Rebecca Marsh of Loveland learned that her longtime friend Cathy Beicker needed a kidney, she kept checking Beicker's Facebook postings.

"It was so persistent, so constant, I have to figure out what's going on here," said Marsh, former principal of Van Buren Elementary School.

After a month, Marsh, who originally didn't think about donating one of her kidneys and traveling to Texas to do so, felt "called" to look into it further, but then she learned she wasn't a match, she said.

She donated anyway through a paired exchange, where Beicker also received a kidney. She took her efforts even further, driving around with a kidney bean-shaped decal stating "Living Donor" to promote awareness of the need for kidney donations and to encourage others to donate if they can.

Living Donor Rally

Marsh will be one of more than 300 living donors participating in the Guinness World Record Attempt: Living Donor Rally on April 21 in Chicago at a bean-shaped sculpture called "The Bean" in Millennium Park's Cloud Gate. Continue reading

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