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Ellisville Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Ellisville, Missouri -- 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 Ellisville, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Reilly Fitzmaurice.

Reilly is the daughter of Brian and Amy Fitzmaurice. Born in 2003, Reilly was diagnosed with Auto Immune Hepatitis Cirrhosis. The doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri have recommended a life-saving liver transplant. An estimated $200,000 is being raised by Ellisville 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 Kristin Orcutt at 520.269.3703 or korcutt5@ymail.com. Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Nate Latsch at 314.583.0537 or natelatsch@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 Team Reilly F” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforTeamReillyF.com.

Reilly’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.