Sunday, March 29, 2009

Izzy B got her liver!!!

Amazing news - after being on the transplant list for only a very short time, Isabella got her new liver, on March 24. After a relatively short hospital stay, she and mommy Chasity got to go home. She is doing really well and they are all glad to be back at home. The road ahead will still have bumps and they will still need help. Here are some things folks can do to help out:

COTA direct donation page

Magazine fundraiser:

Shop or search at iGive -- choose COTA for Isabella Gwinn as your charity

Here is a brief explanation COTA, courtesy of my friend Bec . . . the way it works is that you can make a tax-deductible donation and it can be used by Chasity for transplant-related expenses. There are guidelines, like no using it for magazines or paying for grandparents to travel (unless they are going to help). There is about a 10-day turnaround where Chasity has to pay, and then submit the receipts for reimbursement -- so she needs to stay about 2 weeks ahead in money. Bills, like her mortgage, can be paid directly by COTA, assuming there is enough money there. It looks to me like the fund gets a grant based on what it raises in a year, and as other transplant families can tell you, the expenses do continue well into the future.

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