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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 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. 

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  • janet crosby hiers

    we will pray for good fortune and for the Lord's strength to hold all up in this time of need-our most sincere prayers are with you and wish you the best.

  • Mimivgr

    Lots of Prayers and Heaps of Love for Bonnie and Nick! We love you two bunches!

  • Rick Lofgren, COTA President

    Greetings from COTA! I want to congratulate the COTA for Team Bonnie G volunteer team for a great effort raising funds for the campaign in honor of Bonnie! When I set the campaign fundraising goals with all of our families, I try to do so knowing that some communities and volunteer teams have more developed resources and connections than others, and in fundraising these are critical to success. With this in mind, I usually suggest a goal to COTA patients that I believe is needed for any patient’s long-term expenses and transplant-related costs, and the goal generally reflects the next four to five years of out-of-pocket costs. For example, most of our patients will have $5,000 in annual co-payments, deductibles, and medications, as well as another $5,000 or more of additional costs for clinic visits. This could mean $25,000 - $50,000 for these costs alone for any patient in two or three years after transplant. In this case, because your team and supporters have done such a great job leading up to the volunteer meeting, and with Bonnie’s ongoing care as she awaits transplant, I spoke with Nick this week and suggested that we amend the goal to better reflect the long-term expenses. Because of this, I have raised the goal for the COTA for Team Bonnie G campaign from $100,000 to $200,000 to reflect what I believe will be actual costs going forward for the next several years. Thank you for all the work and support you have provided to this point, and please keep Bonnie (and Nick) in your prayers as she continues along her transplant journey!

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