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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 Ellsworth, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Caleb Gibson. 

Caleb is a 17 year old from Ellsworth, Maine with cystic fibrosis. Approximately 4% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have CF related liver disease, Caleb is one of these cases. The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by caring volunteers.


The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA is the nation’s only fun...




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In the Beginning......

Caleb was born June 27, 1998, he was very sick through his first 6 years. He was repeatedly misdiagnosed with asthma, bronchitis and ear infections. In first grade he was hospitalized for "bronchitis". Continue Reading »