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 Boone, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local two-year-old boy Levi Boyter.
Levi is the son of Andrew and Danielle Boyter. Born in 2015, Levi was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. The doctors at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Boone 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 Brittnee Sutherland at 828.406.8445 or [email protected]. Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Aden Earp at 828.773.6154 or[email protected] for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.
Donations may be sent 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 Levi B” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforTeamLeviB.com.
Levi’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.