Media Alert

Cleveland Baby In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Cleveland, Ohio -- 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 Cleveland, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby, Emma Detwiler.

Emma is the daughter of Sean and Cara Detwiler. Born in 2016, Emma was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Right Ventricle Syndrome. The doctors at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, have recommended a life-saving heart transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Cleveland 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 Jen Wilson at 440.263.3659 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Lauren Barbour at 440.476.3515 or 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 Emma D” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Emma’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.