Media Alert

Bothell Infant Receives Life-Saving Transplant

Bothell, 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 Bothell,
volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Ezra Koenig.

Ezra is the son of Daniel and Laura Koenig. Born in 2016, Ezra was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, performed a life-saving heart transplant August 23, 2016. An estimated $100,000 is being raised by Bothell 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 Cody Koenig at 425.563.3999 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Bekky Cunningham at 425.772.8645 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 Ezra K.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Ezra’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.