The Hope Society
The Hope Society was created to recognize those forward-thinking individuals who have remembered the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in their estate or gift planning process or plans. The members of The Hope Society enable COTA to help children and young adults have a second chance at life. By making a bequest to COTA, you ensure that COTA's mission is addressed well into the future. By informing COTA in writing that you have named COTA as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, you become a member of The Hope Society.
The Hope Society is named in honor of COTA's first patient, a toddler from Bloomington, Indiana. In 1985, the child's parents were told their son had Biliary Atresia, and needed a liver transplant to survive. Adding to their pain was the fact that they faced exclusion from the organ waiting list due to their lack of funds as their insurance carrier did not cover transplant costs. Caring for two small children, they could not pay for such a costly surgery.
When their family, friends and community members learned of their dire situation, hundreds responded enthusiastically. School children gave their allowances and went door-to-door collecting change. Friends took coin canisters to the local county fair and asked for donations. Local political leaders interceded with insurance companies on their behalf. Within weeks, the community raised $100,000, enabling this child to be placed on the liver transplant waiting list.
What started as a drive to save the life of one child in central Indiana evolved into the Children's Organ Transplant Association. Since that time, COTA has grown into a national organization whose patients come from across the nation, and from a myriad of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
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