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 Moultrie, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Bonnie Griner. Bonnie's primary caretaker is her significant other, Nick Chastain.
Born in 1979, Bonnie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at Duke in Durham, North Carolina have recommended a life-saving lung transplant. An estimated $200,000 is being raised by Moultrie volunteers.