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The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA is the nation’s only fundraising organization solely dedicated to raising life-saving dollars in honor of transplant-needy children and young adults. 100% of each contribution made to COTA in honor of our patients helps meet transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are free to our families, and gifts to...

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Karina Cano Perez

Las Cruces, NM

Transplant Type: Kidney & Liver

Transplant Status: Waiting for Transplant

Goal: $50,000.00

Raised: $32,910 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 251 contributors


Karina’s story will be in the Sun News on Sunday!


 Please check out Karina’s interview with the Sun News. It will be in the paper on Sunday! https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/community/2023/12/22/las-cruces-schools-rally-around-karina-cano-perez-teen-need-transplants-omhs-alstrom-syndrome-nm/71976277007/ And if you would like to buy a COTA for... Continue Reading »

We passed 32k!


We have passed the 32k mark! This is 65% of our goal. 🥳 Thank you! 🙏🏼 Screenshot Continue Reading »

Medical update


On Tuesday morning, they found a match for her double transplant!  Karina and her mom  went to Houston.  But the liver did not look good once it arrived so she wasn’t able... Continue Reading »

A match was found!


Please send thoughts and prayers for her, her family and her donor and their family.  Continue Reading »

We hit our silent auction goal!


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Thank you Nancy, Jane and Dwell Yoga Studio


Thank you to everyone who came out Sunday to support COTA for Karina. We raised $150! 💗🌈 #karinacourage  Continue Reading »

We passed 30k today!


We passed $30,000 today! 🥳Thank you for all of your support of COTA for Karina 💗🌈 #karinacourage Continue Reading »

We just passed 29k!


We just passed 29k!  🥳 Thank you for all of your support! 💗🌈 #karinacourage Continue Reading »

Karina’s recovery from first surgery


Update from Houston: the doctor just told us that we are going to the hotel today so Karina is really happy and she is feeling better. She had... Continue Reading »

We will receive the challenge grant!


We reached 25k yesterday!  🥳 Thank you to all who donated! This deadline was extended to 2/29 (from 2/10-6 months of fundraising).  But we only needed 5 extra days! So... Continue Reading »