Become organ donor, offer to help others get care

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z Become organ donor, offer to help others get care nwitimes.com
April 05, 2013 12:00 am

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a toddler who needed a lifesaving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available.

Since that time, COTA has assisted more than 2,000 patients by helping to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. 

Every day 19 people die waiting for an organ transplant here in the United States. April is National Donate Life Month. Please register today to become an organ donor. Then, encourage your friends, family members, neighbors and associates to take two simple, lifesaving steps: register as an organ donor at www.donatelife.net or the state license bureau, and express your wish to be a donor to your family members.

Find out how you can help a COTA child living nearby who needs your help by visiting www.cota.org. 

— Rick Lofgren, CFRE president and CEO, The Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Bloomington, Ind.

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