Media Alert

Phoenix Infant In Need of Life-Saving Transplant Phoenix, Arizona -- 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 Phoenix and in San Francisco, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Elijah Velazquez.

Elijah is the son of Shana and Miguel Velazquez. Born in 2016, Elijah was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia. The doctors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California have recommended a life-saving liver transplant. An estimated $60,000 is being raised by Phoenix and San Francisco 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 Scott Feiereisel at 480.747.3811 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Taryn Shappell at 415.640.8116 or 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 Elijah V” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at Elijah’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.