“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) provided our family the ability to pull together a team of our friends and family who wanted to do something to help. . All of this was provided at no cost. COTA’s team truly cares about each transplant family they are helping. COTA gave us HOPE.” Read More

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Kidney Transplant Recipient

Testimonials

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been so amazing to our family from the very beginning. There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel for COTA’s support. The fact that the dollars raised by COTA volunteers in honor of our son will be available for his lifetime has allowed us to worry less about the financial aspects of the transplant and focus on the most important thing -- our son’s care. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“Throughout our family’s transplant journey, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been a calming presence. COTA has given us an overwhelming sense of relief because we know that immediate needs are being met, and future needs will be met. You can tell the team at COTA not only wants to help with transplant-related expenses … they really, really care. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Heart Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) provided our family the ability to pull together a team of our friends and family who wanted to do something to help. A COTA representative travelled all the way to tiny Rome, Georgia, to meet with volunteers and train them about fundraising. COTA gave the volunteers a website to use to collect online contributions and to tell Kennedy’s story. All of this was provided at no cost. COTA’s team truly cares about each transplant family they are helping. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has given us so much hope. COTA has allowed us to focus on Harrison and be positive and upbeat for him; COTA has allowed us to see the silver linings. We can rush Harrison to the ER without fearing a thousand dollar hospital bill. We can pay the thousand dollar price tag on his monthly medications without batting an eye. We can take Harrison to the candy store after a blood draw or to the toy store after a surgery because we do not have to count every penny. COTA has us covered and we are forever grateful for the support. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) brought our friends and family together to train and inspire them to undertake successful fundraising. COTA was also incredibly supportive during Calvin’s transplant journey. Our COTA family was always excited to hear about Calvin’s small triumphs from learning to walk to meeting the transplant minimum weight to finally receiving his daddy’s kidney … we always knew we had a team of COTA cheerleaders rooting for us. Everyone at COTA is committed to making the transplant process easier for families and they go above and beyond to do so. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“Monty’s need for a transplant occurred literally overnight when a virus attacked his liver. We went from enjoying our summer to living full-time at the transplant center. While sitting at his bedside a social worker handed me some information that included a brochure about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) and suggested we think about fundraising. I called the 800 number and I instantly found a sense of relief about the mounting medical bills and my unexpected and unpaid leave from my job. COTA cared so much about what was happening with Monty and with me. My husband and I instantly felt supported as we travelled Monty’s transplant journey. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“Once our tiny baby received her heart transplant the reality of hospital bills, an unpaid mortgage, lack of a paycheck, food and shelter for our other girls all became very stressful. I will never forget the day I answered the phone and it was the CEO of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). He asked me how we were doing and I told him Elena Zoe had received a new heart. I could hear the excitement in his voice as he told me not to worry; COTA was able to help. I was stunned and thanked him for what seemed hours. If COTA had not been there at that moment for our family, we would have lost our home. Calling COTA once we learned our baby needed a new heart was one of the best decisions we ever made. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Heart Transplant Recipient

“In preparation for Zackery’s transplant and my transplant, a care coordinator talked to us about our family’s financial responsibility once our paired organ donation surgeries took place. She shared with me the high regards she had for a fundraising organization called the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). A week later I called the 800 number and I remember sitting in the chair listening to the calm voice on the other end of the line telling me about all of things COTA does. I instantly felt a sense of relief wash over me. After that call and becoming a COTA family, I knew everything was going to be OK. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“From our first call to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in November 2015 until today, the entire organization has been kind, friendly and helpful. COTA’s support and expertise allowed us to focus on our son while they took care of so many other details. COTA provided an outstanding, well thought out, structured fundraising process that inspired our volunteers to be successful. COTA gave our family an amazing gift by telling us everything was going to work out. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“When I told my friends Milledge needed a bone marrow transplant, explaining the incredible impact it would have on our family and finances, they rallied around us, and with the help of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), ensured that we would not feel financial stress while trying to cope with emotional worries. While I am extremely grateful that I did not reach into our retirement savings to pay our hotel or hospital bills, the real impact COTA had on our lives extended far beyond our finances. COTA laid a foundation that provided us with comfort on our most difficult days. COTA gave us HOPE.”

Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

 

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has supported our family throughout our daughter’s transplant journey by travelling to Arizona to train our volunteers and then continuing to help by offering suggestions on how to organize and execute great fundraising events. We have a lot of worries as we care for our sweet Daisy, but COTA has provided so much support by taking away the financial burden of her transplant. We are forever grateful … COTA gave us HOPE.”

Heart Transplant Recipient

Did You Know?

  • The Children's Organ Transplant Association does not charge for its services. 100% of funds raised in honor of patients are available for transplant-related expenses.
  • COTA funds are available for a patient's lifetime for almost any transplant-related expense.