LETTER: COTA needs public’s help

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

“Giving Hope … Making Miracles” — The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has been doing just that since 1986. Right here in Lee County, a group of caring and committed volunteers are working hard to give hope to the Wentz family. Evie Wentz, age 9, has received a kidney transplant, and Evie’s family has turned to COTA for life-saving assistance. They chose COTA because COTA organizes communities across the country to raise funds that help pay transplant-related expenses and help families avoid financial ruin.

COTA funds will help the Wentz family, and others just like them, with transplant-related expenses such as food and lodging while the family is at the transplant center; transportation to and from the transplant center; co-pays, deductibles and medication expenses, and assistance with household expenses while a parent is out of work during the time of the transplant. All of these expenses add up quickly and can stand in the way of a child or young adult receiving a life-saving transplant. Volunteers for COTA for Evie W are working to raise $45,000, and you can help by going to www. COTAforEvieW.com.

More than 2,000 transplant families from every corner of this country have worked with COTA. Thousands of concerned volunteers have donated their time to help COTA patients, and more than 200,000 generous Miracle Makers have made contributions to help transplant-needy children and young adults receive a second chance at life. Won’t you please join with these volunteers and give hope?

There is another way you can give hope and make miracles. April is National Donate Life Month. More than 120,000 U.S. patients are waiting for a solid organ transplant. Every day, 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Register today as an organ donor at www.DonateLifeNC.org.

Won’t you join with COTA volunteers for Evie W and make a miracle?

Teri B. Clark

Public Relations Coordinator – COTA for Evie W