“We heard about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) from our transplant social worker. We were confused at first, but when we called the 800 number the staff took the time needed to explain in great detail how COTA could help. COTA has been by our side through Ricky’s TWO life-saving transplants. It gives us Read More

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Posted on June 27th, 2019

Bloomington, Indiana — June 25, 2019 — The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) held its 6th Annual Miracle Maker Celebration on Saturday evening, June 22nd at the SILO Auto Club & Conservancy in Indianapolis. This year’s event raised more than $165,000 to further COTA’s mission of helping children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.

“This weekend’s event was a great celebration of our nationwide network of volunteers and contributors who day in and day out make a life-saving difference for our transplant families,” said Rick Lofgren, COTA’s President. “The funds that were raised Saturday evening will definitely be utilized to give our transplant families hope for a brighter tomorrow.”

COTA’s 2019 George Taliaferro Miracle Maker Award was presented to Nick Lynum. Nick is the CEO and Founder of Glasir Capital Partners in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been a generous advocate of COTA and our families for several years. Nick has been a member of COTA’s President’s Advisory Council since 2006. He is also the founder of God’s Will Foundation, which is a charity dedicated to helping children. Since the beginning of his work with COTA, Nick has given to help more than 300 kids in support of COTA’s hope-giving mission.

COTA parents Elizabeth and Greg Rogers of Loveland, Ohio, shared their family’s transplant journey to date and the role COTA has played in it. Their toddler, Henry, received a life-saving kidney transplant in May 2018. Elizabeth and Greg decided to partner with COTA for fundraising assistance and family support – and are very glad they did. Their story illustrated to all in attendance why COTA is the Trusted Leader Supporting Transplant Families … For a Lifetime.

Major sponsors for COTA’s 2019 Miracle Maker Celebration included Comprehensive Financial Consultants, Hern Family LLP, Scott and Nikki Ganton, Tim and Cheri DeBruicker, The Lofgren Family, Cook Medical, Medtronic, Atlanta Cap, John Simmons & Morris Group, Kathleen McNeely, Novartis, Sun King Brewery, Walgreens, Katz, Sapper & Miller and Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP.

For 2019 COTA Miracle Maker Celebration photos and ways to support COTA’s mission, click here.

About the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA): COTA is the largest organization dedicated to helping families of children and young adults with transplant-related expenses, and providing fundraising assistance to community volunteers across the country. COTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so funds allocated are not considered income for families. Since 1986, more than $115 million has been raised across the country for thousands of children and young adults needing an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Each year COTA works with thousands of Miracle Makers nationwide to help remove the financial barriers facing transplant families.