With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Pataskala, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local child, Sidney Wheeler.
Sidney is the son of Sheri and Steven Wheeler. Born in 2007, Sidney was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, performed a life-saving liver transplant on September 12, 2017. An estimated $65,000 is being raised by Pataskala volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Jamie Praetzel at 614-701-8319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be sent to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Sidney W” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforSidneyW.com.
Sidney’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.
Information for this story was provided by Children’s Organ Transplant Association.