Media Alert

Rome Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Rome, Georgia -- 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 Rome, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Kennedy Williams. 

Kennedy is the daughter of Frederick and Pamela Williams.  Born on May 29, 1998, Kennedy was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease.  The doctors at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Rome 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 Jackie Jenkins at 706.204.6112 or jgj46@aol.com.  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Patrick Graney at 706.676.5077 or pgraney@rcs.rome.ga.us 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 Kennedy W” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforKennedyW.com

Kennedy’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.