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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 fundraising organization solely dedicated to raising life-saving dollars in honor of transplant-needy children and young adults. 100% of each contribution made to COTA in honor of our patients helps meet transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are free to our families, and gifts to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


  • The COTA Staff

    We are happy to be working with you!

  • Susan Meynell

    To the Family of Caleb, Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to be involved with this journey with you Sami. There are wonderful people and organizations all around you that are going to be a wonderful help as well. We will raise this money in honor of Caleb! Love, Susan Meynell

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