I would like to thank Commander Bascou for the opportunity. I look foward to working with all of you.
The Children's Organ Transplant Association has a long standing history with the American Legion Family and they even received a Commendation from the National Executive Committee of the American Legion on in 2014. For my first report, i think it would be appropriate to give some information on COTA so that those of you that don't know what COTA is.
The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a 501(c)3 (charitable, not-for-profit) organization based in Bloomington, Indiana that helps children and young adults who need a life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood, tissue or stem cell transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support.
COTA was founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1986 and has assisted over 2,200 families with over $75 million (U.S.) raised since that time. Approximately 200 families per year receive assistance annually through COTA and COTA is the only organization of its type that charges no fee for its services and which insures that 100% of all funds donated to transplant-related expenses are used exclusively for that purpose.
Any individual under the age of 22, as well as those patients who are older but suffer from a single-gene disorder http://reproductivegenetics.com/single_gene.html are eligible to receive help from COTA. Once engaged, a fundraising team is organized comprising a Community Coordinator, a Webmaster and a Public Relations Coordinator who then recruit other volunteers. COTA provides on-site training as well as unlimited marketing assistance to the fundraising team. Funds raised are donations to COTA, but donated "in honor of" particular patients and funds raised are held in trust for patients until such time as they are needed for transplant-related expenses.
If you have not done so already consider being an organ donor, modern medicine has come a long way and almost every organ is capable of being transplanted. I will be bringing fundraising materials to the next Detatchment meeting.
Donations can be made payable to:
Please put COTA into Memo
295 Wilson Avenue
Fairview, NJ 07022