COTA

Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)

Hello, My name is Emma McGowan and I work with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). I am emailing today to request your assistance in spreading the word about the need for your American Legion Family members to become registered organ and tissue donors.
April is Donate Life Month and COTA’s 35th Anniversary Month. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a national charity that has worked with The American Legion Family for more than three decades. Each day COTA strives to assist transplant families — many of whom have one parent on active military duty or have a parent who is a veteran. This is why we are asking for your help to share the attached message with your readers.
If you didn’t know, 20 people die each day because an organ was not available for transplant. The most selfless act each of us can undertake to better this situation is to become a designated organ/tissue donor while encouraging others to do the same.
Thank you for considering this request from COTA.
Emma
Emma McGowan
Strategic Development Manager
Children’s Organ Transplant Association
The Trusted Leader Supporting Families … For a Lifetime
317.590.1337 |COTA.org
Connect With Us: Facebook.com/cotafans
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH and COTA’s 35th ANNIVERSARY MONTH
Dear Editor:
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in April 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised more than $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But he died before an organ was found. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using those funds to help other transplant families. That was the beginning of COTA and those volunteers were our first Miracle Makers. 
For 35 years, thanks to the help of the men and women of The American Legion Family, COTA has assisted thousands of children and young adults by helping to raise funds for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses. Extensive volunteer networks across the nation are working to ensure that no child or young adult needing an organ or tissue transplant is excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 
We need your help today to make sure that tragedies, like the one that was the catalyst in founding COTA 35 years ago, are not repeated.
Sadly, 20 people in the United States die each day waiting for an organ transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives. April is National Donate Life Month and COTA is asking everyone within The American Legion Family to go to www.RegisterMe.org and register to be a designated organ and/or tissue donor.  
You can become a COTA Miracle Maker. Find out how your Post, Unit, Squadron or Legion Riders can help a COTA transplant family near you by visiting COTA.org/Legion.
Sincerely,
Rick Lofgren, President
rick@cota.org                                                                                       
                                                                              
COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant
or excluded from a waiting list due to lack of funds. 100% of funds raised
in honor of patients assist with a lifetime of transplant-related expenses.
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