Media Alert

Lafayette Toddler In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Lafayette, Indiana -- With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.  The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  In Lafayette, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Lucy Hines. 

Lucy is the daughter of Seth and Anna Hines.  Born on May 27, 2014, Lucy was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease.  The doctors at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $40,000 is being raised by Lafayette volunteers. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses.  Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Amanda Carter at 765.491.7872 or amandadaniel80@hotmail.com.  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Christina Fischer at 765.491.3419 or fischerc4261@gmail.com for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.

Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Team Lucy H.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforTeamLucyH.com

Lucy’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.  The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds.  One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.