MARCH 21, 2012

Phoenix toddler in need of life-saving transplant

cota logo PHOENIX – 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-needy patients.  In Phoenix, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local toddler, Noah Swanson. 

noah swansonNoah is the son of Scott and Nancy Swanson.  Born on September 18, 2009, Noah was diagnosed with Myelodysplatic Syndrome.  The doctors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, have recommended a life-saving bone marrow transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Phoenix volunteers. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with the Swanson family’s transplant-related expenses.  Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinator Kristie Lindeman at 602.896.9080 or  Media may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Melany Stroupe at 602.364.6014 or  for more information about the family or the community 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 Noah Richard Dean S.” written on the memo line of the check.   Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Noah’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.