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Organ transplant Fundraiser

Volunteers in San Angelo, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teenager, Reagan Stephenson. Reagan is the daughter of Stacy and Rex Stephenson. Born in 2007, Reagan was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The transplant team at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, performed a life-saving heart transplant on February 15, 2008. San Angelo volunteers are raising $60,000 for COTA to assist with transplant-related expenses.

Volunteers are needed for this COTA community campaign. Individuals and groups interested in more information should contact Community Coordinator Shayla Grelle at 325.340.3142 or Shayla.grelle@cookchildrens.com. Media representatives should contact the Public Relations Coordinator Sharla Adam at 325.234.0005 or sharla.adam@angelo.edu for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising effort.

COTA helps transplant families avoid financial devastation. 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 transplant 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.

Reagan’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. One hundred percent of all funds raised for COTA in honor of patients assist with transplant-related expenses.

Contributions may be sent to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks should be made payable to COTA, with In Honor of Reagans Journeywritten on the memo line. Secure credit card gifts are accepted online at www.COTAforReagansJourney.com