“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was, without question, the perfect option for us. COTA has been such an important part of our family’s transplant journey by being a source of compassion and encouragement for us and our volunteers. COTA has supported us emotionally and financially … and COTA’s support will be there for a Read More

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Heart Transplant Recipient

Testimonials

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has eased the financial burden of our family’s transplant journey to date, which has allowed us to focus solely on caring for Myka Joy. Not only has COTA been helpful financially, they have also been encouraging, supportive and have become vital members of our team as we have navigated Myka’s transplant journey. Even today, two years post transplant, COTA continues to support us and truly cares about Myka and our family and they will continue to do so … for a lifetime.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was, without question, the perfect option for us. COTA has been such an important part of our family’s transplant journey by being a source of compassion and encouragement for us and our volunteers. COTA has supported us emotionally and financially … and COTA’s support will be there for a lifetime.”

Heart Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was there for our family when we found out in 2005 Allie needed a kidney transplant. COTA trained and guided a group of our friends who wanted to do something to help. COTA gave legitimacy and respectability to all fundraisers that were planned. COTA made it possible for us to keep our home functioning and bills paid throughout Allie’s transplant. When our second daughter was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease more than a decade later, COTA was ready to help once again. COTA has been with our family every step of this journey and has proven to be trustworthy, caring and supportive … for a lifetime.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) alleviated a tremendous amount of stress for our family. We were in the middle of receiving a deluge of complicated medical information about Zoe and there were so many unknowns. At first we did not even think about the financial impact of a life-saving transplant. COTA gently helped us see the financial burden and helped us understand the long-term impact of a life-saving transplant. Nobody expects to be thrown into an unknown medical situation; COTA gives peace of mind knowing the support will be there … for a lifetime.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“From the moment we heard about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) we had HOPE. Before we knew COTA existed we were so worried about how we would ever be able to pay for a double lung transplant and relocation to another state and medications and the list went on. Once we started working with COTA our financial fears were gone. Without all of the support and guidance from COTA, I would not have been able to receive this transplant. It is very comforting to know COTA will be there to answer any questions and help in any way possible … for a lifetime.”

Double Lung Transplant Recipient

“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 so much hope to know COTA is there to reduce our financial stress when the bills keep coming. During times when we are struggling, it is a blessing to know COTA support is available … for a lifetime.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) empowered those around us to do something to help during this time of great need for our family. In the midst of putting our lives on hold and relocating more than 1,100 miles away from our home for Jude to receive top-notch medical care, COTA made sure everything was taken care of. Anytime I am anxious or worried I can call COTA’s 800 number and someone with a warm and caring disposition is able to calm my fears and provide support and guidance. COTA has carried our family through the challenges of Jude’s transplant and will continue to do so … for a lifetime.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) provided so much hope to us by simply being by our side during some very dark days. COTA assisted us with transplant-related expenses and every person at COTA was very patient with us since this was all new. COTA emailed and called us to check on Itzel and on the rest of our family. COTA checked in with our volunteers to make sure they had everything they needed. COTA allowed us to focus on Itzel and her recovery. The biggest gift COTA gave us was helping us to see we were not alone; COTA will be part of our family’s journey … for a lifetime.”

Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association gave us hope and provided the support our team of volunteers needed to successfully raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA also gave us a sense of peace because we have not had to worry about the financial struggles that are typically part of a family’s transplant journey. Having COTA by our side has allowed us to focus on Wiley’s health and to seek the best medical care possible … for a lifetime.”

Kidney Transplant Recipient

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) gave our family hope by helping us handle the immense financial burden that comes with a life-saving transplant. Even with health insurance, we were receiving more and more medical bills each day. Our transplant social worker referred us to COTA and due to COTA’s support and guidance, and through generous financial contributions from friends and family, we have been able to cover all of the transplant-related costs associated with Peter’s diagnosis and liver transplant. Without COTA, Peter’s transplant … his recovery … and our ability to support the rest of our family would have been nearly impossible. The peace of mind COTA provides is truly invaluable and lasts … for a lifetime.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“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 became our source of hope. Having to raise money to keep your child alive is the most humbling circumstance we have ever found ourselves in. COTA has allowed us to keep our dignity throughout Reilly’s transplant journey. We do not know what the future holds, but we are so grateful to know COTA will be with us each step of the way … for a lifetime.”

Liver Transplant Recipient

“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 away from our home, we also knew we were going to need help to make everything work financially. With home and jobs halfway across the country, COTA eased the financial burden and enabled us to be at Vivian’s side before and after transplant. It is a tremendous gift to know COTA is here for our family now and will be … for a lifetime.”

Kidney and Liver 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.