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With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families 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-related expenses.  In Milwaukee, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby, Ashton Romero. 

Ashton is the son of Gina and Sal Romero.  Born on August 09, 2013, Ashton was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia.  The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have recommended a life-saving heart transplant.  An estimated $60,000 is being raised by Milwaukee volunteers. 

Ashton is the youngest of Gina and Sal's children. He has an older sister named Gabriella and an older brother name Cole. They love their brother and are happy that he is home with them after living in the hospital for the first 7 months.

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3 years old

It's been a while since I've posted anything. Ashton is a trooper. Although he still doesn't walk and stopped the little bit of talking he was doing, he still remains extremely happy. Like all babies, he has his moments. He smiles most of the Continue Reading »

Growing and personality

Ashton is getting bigger and has so much personality. He is still full of smiles and laughs. His condition remains the same. He has his therapy weekly and is making progress. He turned 2 in August and is a little further behind then most kids his Continue Reading »


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Getting so big!

Although Ashton is still pretty small for his age, he is getting so big! He has come a long way in such a short time. He may have a a serious heart condition, but you would never know it by meeting him. He has such a great personality already. He Continue Reading »

Will today be the day?

I am sitting here, wide awake, thinking about how lucky I am. I am lucky, and very thankful, to have such a wonderful family, friends, and overall support system. If I didn't have each and every one of you, I would not be doing nearly as well as I Continue Reading »

Chili's for COTA for Ashton R

We set up an on going fundraiser at Chili's! This fundraiser takes place at ANY WISCONSIN Chili's location from April 21st until July 21st. Continue Reading »

Pick N Save Brat Fry for COTA

We hosted a Brat Fry at Pick N Save on Sunset in Waukesha on May 10, which was the Saturday before Mother's Day! We had great weather and a great volunteer group that made the event flawless. Continue Reading »

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (1st month at OrangeLeaf 2nd Fundraiser)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Waukesha was our second fundraiser (we actually have them set up every other month at this location). Continue Reading »

Buffalo Wild Wings (3rd Fundraiser)

On May 4th, we hosted a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Brookfield. This location is one of the larger locations, complete with a separate room that we held a silent auction. Continue Reading »

Red Robin Fundraiser Night (1st fundraiser)

We hosted a fundraiser at Red Robin back in April. Each of our supporters had to bring in a flyer or mention they were dining for the fundraiser to their server. The manager on duty allowed us to place a table near the door that each guest would Continue Reading »

First Ashton Blood Drive

We hosted our first Ashton Blood drive on Monday, June 2, 2014. We had 27 people registered to donate and 21 were able to give the gift of life. Continue Reading »

Ashton's journey so far

Back in December of 2012, Sal and I found out that we were expecting our third little love, due to be born early in August.  Sal was terrified, not feeling as young as he used to be.  I, on the other hand, was thrilled.  I was carrying the Continue Reading »

Ashton TenderHeart in the womb II

The ultrasound with the pediatric cardiologist happened quickly. I accompanied Gina and Sal for this one. I was hoping that I misheard the doctor at the first ultrasound.  Continue Reading »

Ashton TenderHeart in the womb

Ashton's journey began while still in the womb. My sister Gina (Ashton's mother) found out she was expecting an addition to her family. We were very excited for her to have a third child. She made all the usual preparations and appointments. I Continue Reading »

How You Can Help

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Past Fundraisers

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