For children in need of an organ transplant, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a necessary miracle. Right now the website is showing three Rogue Valley children are part of the COTA program.
Transplant procedure costs range from $100,000 to more than $800,000. After the transplant is complete, there are significant transplant-related expenses, including medication; transportation to and from the center; lodging; and expenses while parents are out of work and often living with the hospitalized child far from home. These out-of-pocket expenses add up to tens of thousands of dollars annually for transplant families with lifetime totals exceeding $1,000,000.
It seems like an overwhelming and impossible task to come up with those kinds of dollars for anyone. When you are a single parent of a charming two year old, named Noah, who was born with the need for a kidney transplant, it is indeed an impossible situation. Enter the Children’s Organ Transplant Association with the answers. This awesome group makes it possible to raise funds and make them available for the families. In Noah’s case, he will need a transplant in the near future and then will probably need another one by the time he is 25.
With the help of the COTA staff, Noah’s mother was able to put together a budget to start on the terrifying numbers. She estimated she will need about $200,000. COTA set up accounts and the fundraising began. Now when the bills come in, she is able to draw the funds from the already raised money. She will continue to be able to draw on them for the rest of Noah’s life.
Volunteers are the backbone of COTA’s fundraising efforts. COTA volunteers organize multiple special community events as well as solicit contributions from businesses, foundations and community members with COTA’s guidance. COTA provides assistance to community campaign teams, including online resources, fundraising event guides, templates, social media tips and one-on-one consultation and guidance.
COTA is a nation-wide fundraising organization solely dedicated to raising dollars in honor of transplant-needy children and young adults. 100% of each contribution made to COTA helps meet transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are free to families, and gifts to COTA are tax deductible.
May 13 Red Lily Vineyard will be the location for an event thanking the many people who have already donated to Noah’s COTA account. The goal of $200,000 is a long way off, but Noah and his mother know with the help of COTA and the Rogue Valley community, it will get there.
It is rare for an organization to totally take care of expenses involved with services, but all of the money raised for Noah and other children like him goes for that purpose. Parents who are facing the transplant nightmare should look into the help Children’s Organ Transplant Association can provide. Their assistance is overwhelming; it is a definite miracle!