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National Donate Life Month

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Giving hope and making miracles. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association has been doing that since 1986.

Right here in McHenry County, a group of caring and committed volunteers are working hard to give hope to the Gillespie family.

COTA organizes communities across the country to raise funds that help pay transplant-related expenses and help families avoid financial ruin. Two-year-old Arianna Gillespie has received a liver transplant, and Gillespie’s family has turned to COTA for life-saving assistance.

COTA funds help with transplant-related expenses such as food and lodging while the family is at the transplant center; transportation to and from the transplant center; co-pays, deductibles and medication expenses; and assistance with household expenses while a parent is out of work during the time of the transplant.

All of these expenses add up quickly (often tens of thousands of dollars) and can stand in the way of a child or young adult receiving a life-saving transplant. But you can help.

April is National Donate Life Month. More than 120,000 U.S. patients are waiting for a solid organ transplant. Every day, 18 people die waiting for an organ transplant.

Arianna Gillespie needs you to support COTA in honor of her, and to register today as an organ donor. Go to to learn how you can help give hope and make a miracle.

Diana Kamysz

Crystal Lake

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