With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. In Henrico, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local man Chad Southward.
Born on December 17, 1982, Chad was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and doctors at University of Virginia performed his first life-saving double lung transplant in 2004.
After a few promising years, sickness & rejection reared its ugly head and Chad had to endure another double lung transplant. Since receiving his second transplant in November 2010, Chad has been employed as a policy manager at UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing), working to improve the transplant policies and processes in addition to sharing his personal experiences with transplantation so that people...