Media Alert

Wichita Boy In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Wichita and Kansas City, Kansas -- 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 Wichita as well as the Kansas City metro area, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like Mason Grimmett. 

Mason is the son of Kristin and Jeremy Kienzle, and Joel Grimmett.  Born in 2001, Mason was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  The doctors at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha have recommended a life-saving liver transplant.  An estimated $75,000 is being raised by Wichita and Kansas City 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 Morgan Barrett at 913.626.7722 or  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Julie Hamby at 316.841.7869 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 Mason G.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Mason’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.