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Fort Wayne Child In Need Of Life-Saving Transplant

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 Fort Wayne, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local child, Henry Whitacre.

Henry is the son of Emily Jones and Kevin Whitacre. Born in 2014, Henry was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. The doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $75,000 is being raised by Fort Wayne 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 Barb Jones at 260.413.4312 or barb.jones. Media representatives may also contact Barb Jones for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising campaign.

Donations may be sent 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 Team Henry Jordan” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at