Saint Augustine Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant | Community Spirit

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Saint Augustine Teen 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-needy patients.  In St. Augustine, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local teen, Alex Fast. 

 Alex is the son of Michelle Smith and Dick Fast.  Born on November 22, 1997, Alex was diagnosed with primary schlerosing cholangitis.  The doctors at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $70,000 is being raised by St. Augustine volunteers.   Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with the Fast family’s transplant-related expenses.  Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Community Coordinators Alex and Jenny Goodwin at 904.392.6189 or  Media may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Desi Pappas at 352.348.8382 or for more information about the family or the community 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 Alex F.” written on the memo line of the check.   Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at:  Alex’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.  

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