Charity of the week
Organ transplant procedures for children can cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $800,000. During and after the transplant, families face additional expenses that insurance may not cover, such as transportation, lodging, and the costs incurred when parents leave work to be by their child’s side. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (cota.org) helps keep families from financial ruin during their child’s care by ensuring that no young person or child is denied a transplant or excluded from a waiting list because of the family’s financial situation. COTA focuses on helping families fundraise and find multiple sources of financing, and it puts 100 percent of the funds raised for patients toward transplant-related costs. Since 1986, the association has raised more than $90 million for thousands of young adults and children.
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