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Coral Springs Toddler In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Coral Springs, Florida -- 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 Coral Springs, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Jude Ward. 

Jude is the son of Nicole and Josef Ward.  Born in 2015, Jude was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  The doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Coral Springs 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 Catherine Walker at 201.745.9984 or Catwalker16@hotmail.com. Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Megan O’Carroll at 901.687.8212 or meganocarroll@gmail.com for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.

Donations may be mailed 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 Jude W” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at http://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforJudeW/.

Jude’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.