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Alexander's Adventure - A COTA 5k
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
Princeton Junction, NJ
About This Activity
We are holding the 5k on October 26th at 10am at the East Picnic Area in Mercer County Park. Bring your smiles, sneakers and costumes for a fun filled 5k!
A 1 mile walk will also take place.
There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Fun for the whole family. Come on out and support the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of local Alexander.
Questions? Email: COTAforalexanderc@gmail.com
A special thank you to our gold sponsors Healthcare Express Urgent Care on Quakerbridge Road and Jersey Girl Cafe, silver sponsor Wireless Zone in Hamilton and bronze sponsors Poor Boy Subs and Rich's Carpet One Floor & Home!
COTA is the premier organization providing fundraising assistance to families facing a life-saving transplant. Since 1986, transplant families nationwide -- representing every ethnic, economic, religious and social background -- have worked with COTA. - See more at: http://cota.org/about/about_cota.php#sthash.Kv2phhJb.dpuf
Alexander was born prematurely, but in otherwise good health. Unfortunately, being born prematurely meant his immune system was not quite ready to fight off the infection that changed the lives of him and his family. Shortly after his birth, he contracted necrotizing enterocolitis, an infection common among premature infants that attacks and kills tissue in the intestines. Many children manage to overcome the infection and move onto healthy lives. Alexander's case was particularly severe. He eventually managed to beat it, but not before the surgeon had to remove his entire colon and the majority of his small intestine.
Nowadays, Alexander receives the majority of his nutrition from Total Parenteral Nutrition rather than from food like you and me. While this method has allowed him to grow, play, and even begin school like a normal 5-year-old boy, it is not a permanent solution. The longer he relies on it, the more likely he is to suffer dangerous infections and complications. He has been evaluated and added to the national transplant list. A transplant surgery will allow him to live a near-normal life and digest food the traditional way. His family anxiously awaits the call saying Alexander's organs are available. The surgery will take place at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, which is the top hospital in the country for this procedure. While risky, it could be a miracle for little Alexander. This surgery costs $2 million dollars on average. Even after insurance, the costs will add up for years to come. Alexander will need to be near the hospital in Pittsburgh for checkups for nearly one year after the surgery, and will need immunosuppressant drugs for life.
Since these costs are so daunting, our community is working together to raise funds for COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association) to raise money in honor of Alexander.
Find more information about Alexander and his journey at http://cotaforalexanderc.com/