Media Alert

Oxford Girl In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Oxford, Connecticut -- 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 Oxford, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local girl, Chelsea Wheeler. 

Chelsea is the daughter of Christopher and Linda Wheeler.  Born on February 04, 2003, Chelsea was diagnosed with Intestinal Dysmotility.  The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, have recommended a life-saving small bowel transplant.  An estimated $65,000 is being raised by Oxford 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 Ray Nappi at 203.305.8719 or ray.nappi@gmail.com.  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Laurie Fernandes at 203.994.7316 or lauriefernandes@live.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 Chelsea W” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforChelseaW.com

Chelsea’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.