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Georgetown County teen inspires donations for life-saving transplants

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Below is a news release from the Children's Organ Transplant Association

Georgetown County, South Carolina -- 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 Georgetown County, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Matt Rucker. 

Matt is the son of Richard and Shannan Rucker.  Born on August 08, 1995, Matt was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia.  The doctors at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, performed a life-saving bone marrow transplant on September 17, 2013.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Georgetown County 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 Tracey Howle at 843.240.6614 or howlepestlawn@frontier.comMedia representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Jackie Broach at 843-598-2725 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 Matt R" written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Matt'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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