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 Norcross, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Vonchelle Knight.
Born in 1968, Vonchelle was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. The doctors at Piedmont Transplant Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $15,000 is being raised by Norcross volunteers.
As of September 1, 2016, Vonchelle has been on the UNOS transplant list for 6 years waiting on an “O” blood type kidney donor. She suffers with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and is currently on dialysis. Her transplant team has decided that it is time to remove her native kidneys because they are...