Another emotional night for another deserving charity. COTA for Evie's freedom went home with a donation of $26,000 between the 100+ women and 100+ Men Who Care Cedar Valley attendees and Black Hawk County Gaming Association. However, they are still accepting online donations, so for anyone who hasn't yet, but would like to donate to this great cause, you can do so here.
"The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps U.S. transplant families avoid financial ruin. Transplant procedure costs range from $100,000 to more than $800,000. Once the transplant is complete, families face significant transplant-related expenses, including medication; transportation to and from the center; lodging; and expenses while parents are out of work and often living with the hospitalized child far from home. These out-of-pocket expenses add up to tens of thousands of dollars annually for transplant families with lifetime totals exceeding $1,000,000. In cases where a shortfall exists, COTA helps bridge the financial gap."
"Evie is a 3 year old girl with limitless strength and resolve Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer one year ago & was later listed on the national transplant list.... The cancer, Hepatoblastoma, had spread from her liver to her small bowl and pancreas... Miraculously on July 4th she received a multi-organ transplant after doctors almost gave up hope."
What an amazing feeling to see such a huge blessing being given just by showing up with a $100. My son, also 3 years old, can hardly walk away with a scraped knee, and nearly hyperventilates at the thought of "pokeys". Before he was born, I rode along with a friend to her son's chemo appointment. These kids are warriors and I know (not even to the full extent), from my friend's experience, just how impactful charities like COTA are for families who are fighting through so many, aggressive, medical treatments for their babies. For those who want to give further, you can donate directly to COTA here.
Other charities we heard from last night:
Special 'thanks' to our sponsors:
Amy Wienands Real Estate
Veridian Credit Union
For those interested, mark your calendars for our next 100+ Women event, November 9th at the Waterloo Brown Bottle.