Media Alert

Battle Ground Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant


Battle Ground, Washington -- 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 the Portland Metro area, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Kaylin Coles. 

Kaylin is the daughter of Amy and Corey Coles.  Born in 2003, Kaylin was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2016.  The doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $60,000 is being raised by Portland metro 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 Stacey Young at 360.607.4307 or staceysflowers@msn.comMedia representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Stephani Veff at 360.609.7485 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 Team Kaylin C” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Kaylin’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.