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. Since 1986, 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 all funds raised in honor of transplant 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 more than 2,000 children and adults, and has raised more than $70 million.
- Since 1986, more than 1,400 COTA patients have been successfully transplanted.
- In 2012, more than 140 COTA patients were successfully transplanted, and more than $4.8 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 life for almost any transplant-related expense.
- In addition to children, COTA works with adults with genetic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis.
- Nearly 80% of COTA's patients are referred to COTA by a social worker, financial coordinator or transplant coordinator at a transplant center.
- Since 1986, COTA volunteers and staff have distributed more than 1,000,000 organ donation registration cards. COTA works in partnership with the Donate Life America, Donate Life Indiana and The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation to increase the organ and tissue donation rate.