Children’s Organ Transplant Association Facts
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana, which is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 100% of funds raised in honor of patients are used for transplant-related expenses.
- Founded in 1986 after a group of Bloomington, Indiana, volunteers helped raise funds to place a child on the liver transplant waiting list.
- COTA has helped thousands of children and young adults and has raised nearly $100 million for transplant-related expenses.
- Since 1986, approximately 2,000 COTA patients have been successfully transplanted.
- In 2015, more than 130 COTA patients were successfully transplanted and more than $5 million was raised.
- COTA does not charge a transplant family, or patient, for its services.
- Every dollar raised in honor of COTA’s patients is used for transplant-related expenses.
- COTA funds are available for a patient’s lifetime for almost any transplant-related expense.
- In addition to children, COTA works with adults with single-gene disorders such as Polycystic Kidney Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease.
- Nearly 80% of COTA’s families are referred to COTA by a social worker, financial coordinator or transplant coordinator at a transplant center.
- Since 1986, COTA has partnered with Donate Life America and The American Legion Family to register thousands of organ donors, and has held dozens of bone marrow registration drives in an effort to increase donation rates.