“Even before Vivian was born, we knew a transplant was likely in our family’s future. Due to numerous complications as an infant we also knew her transplant case was going to be surgically complicated. When it became clear the best outcome of Vivian’s transplant would be achieved at a transplant center more than 2,000 miles Read More

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Kidney and Liver Transplant Recipient

The Hope Society

The Hope Society was created in 1998 to recognize forward-thinking individuals – our Miracle Makers — who have remembered the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in their estate or gift planning process or plans. The members of The Hope Society enable us to help children and young adults have a second chance at life. By making a bequest to COTA, you ensure that our mission is carried on well into the future. By informing us in writing that you have named COTA as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, you become a member of The Hope Society.

COTA Kid Parker Scaife (and Mom Lindsay)

Kidney Transplant Recipient

The Hope Society honors COTA’s first patient, a toddler from Bloomington, Indiana. In 1985, the child’s parents were told their son had Biliary Atresia, and needed a liver transplant to survive. Adding to their pain was the fact that they faced exclusion from the organ waiting list due to their lack of funds as their insurance carrier did not cover transplant costs. Caring for two small children, they could not pay for such a costly surgery. When their family, friends and community members learned of their dire situation, hundreds responded enthusiastically. School children gave their allowances and went door-to-door collecting change. Friends took coin canisters to the local county fair and asked for donations. Local political leaders interceded with insurance companies on their behalf.

Within weeks, the community raised $100,000, enabling this child to be placed on the liver transplant waiting list. What started as a drive to give this family hope and to save the life of one child in central Indiana evolved into the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Since that first child, COTA has grown into a national organization with thousands of patients who come from across the nation, and from a myriad of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. The Hope Society remains an opportunity for COTA to recognize and thank supports who help provide hope to our kids for a lifetime.



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