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Jefferson community raises money to help young transplant candidate | Online Athens

Published Friday, August 9, 2013

Volunteers in Jefferson are raising money for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association to help with the medical expenses for a local child.

Katie Testement, the daughter of James and Kerri Testement, was born in October 2006 and diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, according to a news release from COTA.

Doctors at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta have recommended a life-saving heart transplant. Volunteers in Jefferson are trying to raise $60,000 to help with medical expenses.

Katie’s family had sought assistance from the 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,” according to COTA.

COTA is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses.

Individuals and groups needing more information can contact Community Coordinator Mandi Spivey at (706) 870-7272 or

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 Katie T” written on the memo line of the check.

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