How You Can Help

If you could help make a miracle, would you?

The question is as simple as that.  If your answer is ‘yes', I invite you to join the nearly 100,000 volunteers and contributors who during the past two decades generously donated their time and money to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA).  These volunteers and financial supporters are COTA's Miracle Makers -- a group of committed individuals who are helping give children across the country a second chance at life.

COTA is a national non-profit organization that helps children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant by raising funds to pay transplant-related expenses.  Transplant families look to COTA for assistance and support, for hope
and miracles.

Since 1986, COTA has helped thousands of patients raise millions of dollars for transplant-related expenses.  COTA is a 501(c)3 organization; therefore donations to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  COTA is the premier national organization helping families with transplant-needy children and young adults.  100% of all funds raised are used for transplant-related expenses.  COTA does not charge a fee or take a percentage of the funds raised.

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The Children's Organ Transplant Association needs your help to make a miracle for Brandon Nolan!

Volunteers are needed to help plan and implement fundraising activities.  Individuals and groups who are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities should contact COTA for Brandon N Community Coordinator, Jamie Zehnal at 954.806.5047

The COTA key community volunteers are:

Community Coordinator
Oversees and directs all campaign activities.
Jamie Zehnal 954.806.5047

Public Relations Coordinator
Coordinates all media contacts, press releases and publicity for fundraising activities and events.
Sherry Kalinoski

Maintains and updates patient campaign website.
Mike Nolan 

Please join thousands of volunteers across the country and become a COTA Miracle Maker today.  Make a donation.  Volunteer to help this family.  Register to be an organ and tissue donor.  Help us make a miracle.

About Brandon Nolan

bnolan2016_1.jpgBrandon was born on January 8, 2005 to Michael and Julie Nolan of Cooper City, Florida. Brandon was born two months early and weighed only 4lbs-5ozs. Brandon was diagnosed at birth with end stage Renal Failure and it was determined that Brandon would need a life-saving Kidney Transplant when he was big enough. Doctor's told Brandon's parents that he would have a very long road ahead of him and that they would be lucky if he survived his first year of life. Brandon has been a fighter from day one. He has endured multiple surgeries, tons of medications and required nightly peritoneal dialysis for two years. Brandon and his parents met with the top five pediatric Transplant facilities in the country. Although there is a lot involved in transplanting a child out of state, they decided to do the surgery at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Both Michael ( A Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Ft. Lauderdale) and Julie were tested to see if they could be the donor. It was determined that Julie (Brandon's Mom) was a perfect match. On August 27, 2007, Doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania performed a life-saving kidney transplant.

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients 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-needy patients. 100% of donated funds are used towards Brandons transplant related expenses. If you wish to donate your time, expertise or a monetary gift towards Brandon's transplant, this website will provide the opportunity to do so. Tax-deductible contributions to Brandon's campaign can be made in any one of the following ways. Simply Click on the "Donate" tab above for secure credit card transactions. Alternatively, checks or moneyorders may be mailed directly to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN. 47403. Checks and moneyorders should be made payable to COTA, with "In Honor of Brandon Nolan" written in the memo line.

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Brandon's campaign coordinator Jamie Zehnal @ 954-806-5047. Thank you for your SUPPORT!!!

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