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Loogootee, 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 Loogootee, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Brittany Walker.

Brittany is the daughter of Melinda and Brian Walker. Born in 2002, Brittany was diagnosed with Cirrhosis. The doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Loogootee 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 CoordinatorSara Gibson at 812.854.5297 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Kate Arvin at 812.709.1116 or 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 Brittany W” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Brittany’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.


2501 West COTA Drive · Bloomington, Indiana 47403

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