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Chicago Tribune coverage of Matthew's story


Lake Zurich Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Lake Zurich, Illinois -- 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 Lake Zurich, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Matthew Dobson.

Matthew is the son of Nancy and Robert Dobson. Born in 2001, Matthew was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. The doctors at University of Chicago Medical Center in Illinois, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $60,000 is being raised by Lake Zurich volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Those interested in being part of the volunteer team should contact Jennifer Herald at for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.

Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Team Matthew D” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Matthew’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses. 


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