March 11, 2011
-- Crystal Lake, IL- 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 patients. In the Crystal Lake area, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local teen Mackenzie Tannhauser. Born on July 21, 1994, Mackenzie was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and doctors at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois recommended a life-saving heart transplant. An estimated $100,000 is being raised by Crystal Lake volunteers. Mackenzie is the daughter of Ward and Karen Tannhauser, and the sister of Riley and Reese. Her grandparents are Earl and Barbara Hausl and the late Bob and Virginia Tannhauser. Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraisning activities. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Debbie Ester at (224) 856-1358 or debbie.ester@
gmail.com. Donations may be made in person at any Bank of America branch location using account number 291009748253 or 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 Mackenzie T." written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforMackenzieT.com. Mackenzie's family has asked for assistance from the Children's Organ Transplant Assocation. The organization's priority is to assure that no child 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.
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