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Meet Evelyn

Evelyn Sherman“There are so many unexpected expenses throughout the pre-transplant, transplant and post-transplant journey.  It gave us so much peace of mind when we found out that an organization like COTA existed.  COTA’s President called us to welcome our family to COTA, and I felt like he really cared about Evelyn, and that gave us hope.” -- Julianne Sherman, Mother of Evelyn
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Over 28 years of transplant fundraising success

Meet Rylynn

Rylynn Riojas"COTA provided us tremendous security, which allowed us to be hopeful. With COTA at our side, we were able to focus on the healing of our child without the burden of dealing with the tough financial challenges that are a result of her medical journey."
Andrea and Gilly Riojas, Parents of Rylynn
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Leah Grace Parker"When we were told our baby girl needed a life-saving transplant, we were scared and we were worried about how we were going to pay for everything. We heard about COTA from the hospital social worker, made the call and were embraced from the start. The COTA team was amazing with us and our volunteers. COTA gave us hope at a time when we felt hopeless. COTA was, and is, a gift to us … and to many transplant families.”
Ross and Katie Parker, Parents of Leah Grace
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Audric BeaulieuMeet Audric

"From diagnosis through liver transplant surgery, our journey has been emotionally exhausting. COTA provided hope to our family by providing a portal on the web to see other affected families and to watch their successful fundraising efforts and support. It has been uplifting to see that we are not alone in our journey."
Kevin and Andria Beaulieu, Parents of Audric
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Matthew Burdick

Matthew and Bryon BurdickMatthew Burdick is truly "running" for COTA. His story is inspired by his brother, Bryon, and Matthew has even donated one of his kidneys to give someone a second chance at life. Matthew's story is a wonderful example of being a COTA Miracle Maker.
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Marissa MinjarezMeet Marissa

"During the time leading up to Marissa’s transplant, at transplant and today post-transplant, COTA has reduced any stress regarding the financial aspects of this journey and this has given us hope.  It means the world to us that COTA has a team of wonderful professionals who help so many during a very difficult time in a family’s life.  We are very grateful.” John and Hong Minjarez, Parents of Marissa
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Bob and Fiona Grygiel, COTA Miracle Makers

Planned GivingSince 2005, Fiona and the late Bob Grygiel have hosted an annual golf tournament to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors, and to raise funds for COTA.  Read more now about these COTA Miracle Makers …


The Children's Organ Transplant Association helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA does not charge for its services and does not take a percentage of funds raised.