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Charitable Organization steps in to coordinate fund raising for Pendleton Teen Heart Transplant

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Pendleton, Oregon — National charitable organization Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is stepping in to help the family of local teen Miranda Case who was born with a rare heart condition and is in need of a heart transplant.

With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. COTA is a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Pendleton, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teenager, Miranda Case. 

Miranda is the daughter of Lorie and Tod Case. Born in 2007, Miranda was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The transplant team at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington, recommends a life-saving heart transplant. Pendleton volunteers are raising $50,000 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 Jodi Mascall at jmascall@centurytel.net or 541.377.3572.

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.

Miranda’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 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 COTAwith In Honor ofMirandas Journey” written on the memo line. Secure credit card gifts are accepted online at www.COTAforMirandasJourney.com

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