April 24, 2015

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Organization looking for assistance for St. Malachy parishioner in need of new liver, kidney

More than 120,000 patients in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. One of them is 20-year-old Stephanie Evans, a member of St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, who is in desperate need of a new liver and kidney.

A group of caring and committed volunteers from the parish and the local community have been working hard to give hope to the Evans family through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Since 1986, this organization has offered life-saving assistance to young patients and their families.

COTA organizes communities across the country to raise funds that help pay transplant-related expenses, and help families avoid financial ruin.

These funds aid families in so many ways—with food, lodging and transportation while the family is at the transplant center; co-pays, deductibles and medication costs; and assistance with household expenses when a parent is unable to work during the time of the transplant. All of these costs add up quickly, and can stand in the way of a child or young adult receiving a life-saving transplant.

But you can help.

Thousands of transplant families from every corner of this country have worked with COTA. More than 200,000 generous COTA Miracle Makers have made contributions to help transplant-needy children and young adults receive a second chance at life.

April is National Donate Life Month. Every day, 21 people die waiting for an organ transplant. Please support Stephanie Evans and COTA at www.COTAforStephanieE.com.

- Deena Conway | Indianapolis

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