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Colonial Heights Infant In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Colonial Heights, Virginia -- 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 the Tri-Cities, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Christian Pontious

Christian is the son of Niki and Adam Pontious.  Born in 2016, Christian was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia.  The doctors at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by volunteers in the Tri-Cities. 

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 Mary Sturt at 804.479.6131 or msturt@comcast.netMedia representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Monte Holloway at 804.898.1973 or MrsH228@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 Christian P” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforChristianP.com

Christian’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.