FUNDRAISER: Martha B. King Middle School in Bradenton joined a multi-school effort to raise money for COTA for Team Alex

Students, from Martha B. King Middle School in Bradenton, Florida joined a multi-school effort to raise money to help 10 year old Alex Sims, who needs a bone marrow transplant to survive IPEX, a very rare and often fatal auto-immune disease. King sold “A Cure for Alex” wristbands to fellow students and staff at school each day for a week in May and were able to raise $73.00, which they donated to Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of Alex Sims. COTA is a 501c3 charity and uses all donations to “Team Alex” to help Alex’s family with transplant related expenses.

Two of King’s students arranged to meet Alex via Skype while he was home sick from school, hoping to get to know him better and urged their fellow classmates to write letters to Alex. Alex received many, many letters of encouragement and support from King students.

To help with the efforts to find a suitable bone marrow match for Alex, students encouraged parents and family members to register with “Be the Match” to find donors for Alex and those like him who need a life-saving transplant and invited Be the Match” representatives to attend their PTO Fratello’s Pizza Party and the annual BBQ & Brass event, where approximately 45 parents and family members registered as potential bone marrow donors. Lastly, K Club students met with Be the Match representatives, to help compile Be the Match swab testing kits, to help with future donor drives. Thank you Martha B. King Middle School students for your love and support for Alex! You guys are the real definition of “Super Heroes”.

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