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Share a Spare: On the Road to a New Kidney

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. 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. In Pleasant Prairie, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Sam Connelly. 

Sam is the son of Joseph and Carol Connelly.  Born on January 26, 1998, Sam was diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Failure.  The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. 

An estimated $150,000 is being raised by Pleasant Prairie v...



Transplant re-scheduled to Wednesday 12/5/18 @ 1:00 p.m.

Journal entry by Carol Connelly — a minute ago Continue Reading »

Past Fundraisers

Raffle for COTA, in honor of Sam Connelly! Only 200 tickets will be sold at $25 each! All proceeds go to COTA in honor of Sam. Tickets will be available at the bowling fundraiser on May 21st or, contact Dave Thoss at for more Continue Reading »

Carol's Blog #4 Early Autumn 2016

Hello to All our Friends and Family,Today is Friday, September 23, 2016 and I am writing to give an update on this leg of Sam's "Road to a New Kidney". Today Sam had a scheduled check-up with his nephrologist at Froedtert's Center for Advanced Care Continue Reading »

Bowling Fundraiser - May 21, 2016

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Carol's Blog #3 - Mother's Day 2016

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms reading this! What a privilege it is to be Sam's mom. I remember when I found out that I was going to have a baby. I went to the walk-in clinic in April 1997 because I had a terrible cold that I couldn't kick with Continue Reading »

Carol's Blog Entry #2 - "Watching and Waiting"

Hello Family and Friends, Continue Reading »

Share a Spare...on the Road to a New Kidney - Blog Entry #1

Hi, this is Carol, Sam's mom, writing Blog Entry #1. Continue Reading »

How You Can Help

If you could help make a miracle, would you? Continue Reading »


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