Our Story

COTA Story Annzie the Brave…..   Annika “Annzie the Brave” is a sassy 6-year-old warrior.  Annika’s journey began in June of 2015.  At 12 weeks of age, she contracted adenovirus. The adenovirus infection for Annika was devastating.  It caused her to go into respiratory failure requiring ECMO and multi-system organ failure.  The initial illness required that she be hospitalized for nearly 2 months and left her with a long list...

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Annika Kelner

Jefferson, OH

Transplant Type: Lung

Transplant Status: Transplanted

Goal: $60,000.00

Raised: $28,138 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 72 contributors


May 18, 2023


I am so horrible about updates these days but honestly it is because we are so busy and living such a "normal" life. Annika is again playing softball... Continue Reading »

March 27, 2023


I have been horrible about updating lately. We have had a lot of back and forth and ups and downs, but hopefully we are on the up side... Continue Reading »

Annika is 8


February 14, 2023


Happy Valentine's Day. Also Happy National Donors Day too!!! We celebrate those who have given other's a second chance at life. Noah will forever hold a special place... Continue Reading »

February 13, 2023


Annika and I arrived in Columbus last night. We kicked off today bright and early. Chest xrays and lung transplant clinic were first up. The chest xray looks... Continue Reading »

Feb 3, 2023


Just a quick update. Annika came home a couple of weeks ago. She is doing well and is stable. She and I will go to Columbus February 12... Continue Reading »

Jan 15, 2023


Annika is currently in the hospital again. We arrived in Columbus Wednesday for a chest xray and a pending bronchoscopy on Thursday morning. Her bronchoscopy showed lots of... Continue Reading »

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Tonight we come to a close on 2022. Since Christmas cards didn't make it to the mail (nor honestly were ever written), I am going to use this... Continue Reading »

December 17, 2022


Annika remains in the hospital. Since my last update, she developed a right lower lung pneumonia and has also required oxygen (first time since transplant). She has been... Continue Reading »