“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been essential to our lives. COTA funds allowed us to focus on Everett and put his needs first instead of panicking and stressing about money. COTA funds made it possible for us to travel between our home in Maryland and his transplant center in North Carolina to alternate Read More

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Stem Cell Transplant Recipient

Testimonials

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association provided a community of understanding, encouraging, supportive people to show us we were not alone in this transplant journey. Once we decided to fundraise with COTA for transplant-related expenses, we could solely focus on taking care of our fragile child while he waited for his life-saving heart.”

Heart Transplant Recipient

“Our family has two medically fragile kids, which means there are many stressors and uncertainties. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been here to support us emotionally and financially. COTA’s staff members have been compassionate and encouraging cheerleaders for us and our volunteers. COTA stepped in and became a source of hope for our family just like they are for other transplant families throughout the nation.”

 

Ian – Heart Transplant Recipient & Micah – Waiting for a Heart Transplant

“When we first heard our son was going to need a transplant, we were overwhelmed and had many questions. We wanted to get him the best possible care, but how could we afford it? From our first conversation with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) we felt a huge sense of relief. Throughout our transplant journey to date, COTA has encouraged and inspired us. We always had great hope that Wyatt would have a bright and healthy future. Having COTA by our side has helped us hold onto that hope.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The genuine, caring and giving individuals who work and volunteer for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) allowed me and my family to trust this organization during what would become the toughest year of our lives. COTA gave us hope by providing guidance and support in so many ways, including assisting with transplant-related expenses that mounted throughout my journey to get new lungs, and a second chance at life.”

Double Lung Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) really took the time to help us understand the importance of fundraising for transplant-related expenses. We had never really thought about fundraising, but once Jasmine was listed for a new liver a hospital social worker suggested we look into COTA. Without COTA by our side, Jasmine’s liver transplant would have easily bankrupted us. COTA helped our family stay financially afloat and optimistic during one of the most difficult times we could have ever imagined.”

 

Liver Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) provides hope for us not only in the present tense but also for the future. We are so grateful for COTA, which has allowed our friends and family to feel there is something they can do right now to help make sure Max has a future that does not include financial stress on top of the stress of fighting a chronic disease. COTA gave all of us an opportunity to launch our energy into something positive during a time when we felt everything was out of our control. Once people find out about COTA we always hear, ‘What an amazing organization!’ and we could not agree more.”

 

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) gave us hope at a time when it seemed like our hope was lost. Our little baby boy was so sick and we were struggling with lots of doctors’ appointments and tests and medications … and so many bills. Once we heard about COTA we felt a sense of relief. COTA sent someone to our little town in Texas to train our volunteers about fundraising for transplant-related expenses. COTA has made our entire transplant journey less stressful by taking away the fear of how in the world we were ever going to pay for all of the bills and has allowed us to start thinking about our family’s post-transplant future.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been essential to our lives. COTA funds allowed us to focus on Everett and put his needs first instead of panicking and stressing about money. COTA funds made it possible for us to travel between our home in Maryland and his transplant center in North Carolina to alternate taking care of him. We made that switch 17 times and each time COTA was on the road with us. Since Everett’s diagnosis we have been billed for thousands of dollars in co-pays and prescription medications. What would we have done without COTA? The overwhelming outpouring of support from our community to COTA in honor of Everett gave us so much hope … hope we desperately needed during some very difficult and dark days.”

 

Stem Cell Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has given us so much hope throughout Elijah’s transplant journey by removing the financial stress of mounting bills. For the first two years of his life, Elijah was in the hospital more than he was out of it, and those bills really started to pile up. Our team of COTA volunteers quickly got to work to raise funds for transplant-related expenses, which was such a blessing since his life-saving transplant happened 750 miles away from our home. We are not sure how we would have made it through all of this without being a COTA Family.”

 

Liver Transplant Recipient

“We were referred to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) by another transplant family. Just learning there was an organization that could help with fundraising for transplant-related expenses while providing guidance eased some of our initial stress. COTA’s affiliation with our local Walgreens also helped tremendously with medication coordination and delivery. The website COTA provided gave us hope by reading the messages of support from so many who cared for our little girl and for us during the difficult and long post-transplant recovery period Sophie endured.”

 

Cord Blood Transplant Recipient

“When we stepped out in faith to adopt a baby girl from China who was in need of a liver transplant, we knew the costs would be huge – financially and emotionally. Learning the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) existed to support transplant families like ours was a huge blessing. Every single detail of their organization has been set up to alleviate stress from families dealing with incredibly stressful circumstances. We have felt so encouraged and supported by their staff; our daughter is thriving today because of the way COTA has blessed our family.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“The beauty of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is they understand that a family’s focus needs to be the well being of their child. Once we became a COTA family and selected our volunteer leadership, the experts at COTA literally took over handling everything from training and encouragement to support and guidance. While we were taking care of our daughter, COTA was working behind the scenes. Our daughter may have been the one who received new lungs, but COTA enabled us to be able to breathe again.”

 

Double Lung Transplant Recipient

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.