Media Alert

Roseville Athlete In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Roseville, Minnesota -- 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 Roseville, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local athlete, Hannah Kiresuk. 

Hannah is the daughter of Teri and Alex Kiresuk.  Hannah was born on July 10, 1995, and was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 2013.  The doctors at UCSD Center for Transplantation in San Diego, California, have recommended a life-saving bone marrow transplant.  An estimated $500,000 is being raised by Roseville 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 Caroline Butterfield at 612.875.3567 or cjbutter.mn@gmail.com.  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Caroline Butterfield at 612.875.3567 or cjbutter.mn@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 Hannah K.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforHannahK.com

Hannah’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.