COTABREMEN, Ky. (12/19/19) — With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden, Children's Organ Transplant Association reports.

The national 501(c)3 charity, dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses, is advocating for Bremen teen Cadence Stone. Volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like Stone.

She is the daughter of Leslie Waltrip and Chris Stone. Born in 2006, Cadence was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. The transplant team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, has recommended a life-saving kidney transplant, COTA reported. Bremen volunteers are raising $50,000 for COTA to assist with transplant-related expenses.

Volunteers are needed for the COTA community campaign, spokeswoman Jillian Lawrence reports. Individuals and groups interested in more information should contact Community Coordinator Lori Doss at (270) 977-0556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COTA helps transplant families avoid financial devastationm Lawrence said. 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.

Cadence’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Lawrence said. 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 Cadence” written on the memo line. Secure credit card gifts are accepted online at

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