With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Maricopa, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teenager, Tori Zuniga.
Tori is the daughter of Robert and Erelene Zuniga. Born in 2005, Tori was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome. The transplant team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, has recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. Maricopa volunteers are raising $75,000 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 Anna Carrico at 703.568.1176 or [email protected].
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.
Tori’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 a lifetime of 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 Toris Fight” written on the memo line. Secure credit card gifts are accepted online at http://www.COTAforTorisFight.com.