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Family Is Grateful For Community & COTA

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

An organ transplant can sometimes cost more than a half million dollars.

The Children's Organ Transplant Association, known as C.O.T.A. is helping one south eastern Kentucky family with some on the bills

Nine year-old Connor Quillen is doing well just a few months after his liver transplant, but the financial strain for his family is more than they expected.

Danny Quillen's son Connor was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome soon after he was born.

“It's been hectic at times, me and Jody, Connor's mother, it seemed like every time we would get down, Connor would pick us up,” Danny said.

After the liver transplant, Quillen says the community really stepped up to help raise money for Connor, especially his good friend Matt Cope.

“He's kept up with Connor from day one, so I asked Matt if he'd want to get involved and he didn't even hesitate,” Danny said.

Cope is the head of Connor's COTA campaign in Cumberland.

“Local groups raise money that 100% of that money raise goes toward Connor's medical expenses,” Matt Cope said.

The first fundraiser for Connor is a Motorcycle Poker Run starting at Kingdom Come State Park June 7th.

“I've seen Connor for several years and he is looking better and doing better every day,” Cope said.

“Things are starting to look up for Connor and we're hoping that he's looking forward to a happy life,” Danny said.

Quillen's family says they are thankful for all of the support they are receiving from the community.

For more information… www.cota.org


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