Meet Liam Maddox
Liam just celebrated his 1st birthday this weekend! Be sure to follow all the updates on the blog and be sure to comment!
Liam Blake Maddox was born on November 1, 2013 to Paul Maddox and Jaci Wright in Durango, CO. A happy and healthy baby boy, Liam and Jaci took a trip to Jaci's hometown of Wrangell, Alaska to visit family and friends. During their trip, Liam became sick and was admitted into the Wrangell hospital and went into heart failure. He and Jaci were airlifted to Seattle Children's Hospital and shortly after arrival he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy and would require a heart transplant. With Paul and Jaci by his side, Liam underwent the life-saving surgery on April 19, 2014, just a few weeks after his arrival in Seattle.
The doctors and nurses at Seattle Children's Hospital have done an excellent job helping Liam recover and teaching Paul and Jaci how to manage the day-to-day care associated with Liam. With the personal connection to the team at the hospital, Paul and Jaci are temporarily living in Seattle while Liam recovers. They are trying to navigate all the emotional and financial challenges of Liam's recovery and need all the support they can get!
Although the surgery was successful and Liam is smiling, laughing and rolling around, there is a lifetime of expenses that lie ahead for the family for transplant related costs such as anti-rejection drugs. It is not uncommon for these drugs to cost up to $5,000 every month. Contributing to COTA on behalf of Liam will help ease the financial challenges that lie ahead.
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 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant patients. In Durango, CO, Denver, CO and Wrangell, AK, friends, family, and community members are raising money on behalf of Liam. Donations can be made to COTA in honor of Liam and 100% of the funds raised will go towards transplant-related expenses and are fully tax-deductible.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Donations of $75 or more will receive a statement of giving from COTA.
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