“In the matter of one year’s time, our lives turned upside down. Our healthy and athletic teenager was playing volleyball and soccer one week and was sent to see an abdominal specialist the next. We had never even heard of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), but in a very short amount of time COTA Read More

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COTA’s Mission

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association helps children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.

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The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps transplant families avoid financial ruin. Transplant procedure costs range from $100,000 to more than $800,000. Once the transplant is complete, families face significant transplant-related expenses, including medication; transportation to and from the center; lodging; and expenses while parents are out of work and often living with the hospitalized child far from home. These out-of-pocket expenses add up to tens of thousands of dollars annually for transplant families with lifetime totals often exceeding $1,000,000. In cases where a shortfall exists, COTA helps bridge the financial gap.

Fundraising Events

More than 200,000 COTA Miracle Makers have generously donated their time and financial resources to ensure COTA kids and young adults receive a second chance at life. COTA’s annual Miracle Maker Celebration in June brings together COTA families, volunteers, organ donation advocates and Miracle Makers to celebrate the impact of the support of individuals and organizations we call Miracle Makers. Funds raised at the Miracle Maker Celebration support COTA’s mission and outreach. Online fundraising, community events, endowments and support from organizations such as The American Legion allow COTA to provide an extensive array of services, support, and guidance at no cost to transplant families.



Volunteers are the backbone of COTA’s fundraising efforts. COTA volunteers organize multiple special community events as well as solicit contributions from businesses, foundations and community members with COTA’s guidance. COTA provides assistance to community campaign teams, including online resources, fundraising event guides, templates, social media tips and one-on-one consultation and guidance.


COTA is the nation’s leading 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 COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Did You Know?

  • The Children's Organ Transplant Association does not charge for its services. 100% of funds raised in honor of patients are available for transplant-related expenses.
  • COTA funds are available for a patient's lifetime for almost any transplant-related expense.