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With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Olathe, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of a local toddler, Allison Koehn.

Allison is the daughter of Alana and Austin Koehn. Born in 2014, Allison was diagnosed with biliary atresia. The transplant team at Colorado Children's Hospital in Aurora has recommended a life-saving liver transplant. Olathe volunteers are raising $50,000 for COTA to assist with transplant-related expenses.

Additional volunteers are needed for this COTA community campaign. For more information, contact community coordinator Chelsey Corona at 970-901-7271 or aniyaeva0524@gmail.com.

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. In cases where a shortfall exists, COTA helps bridge the financial gap.

One hundred percent of all funds raised assist with transplant-related expenses for a patient's lifetime.

Contributions may be sent to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks should be made payable to COTA, with "In Honor of Allison K" written on the memo line. Credit card gifts are accepted online at www.COTAforAllisonK.com.

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