Fire Department participates in COTA for Kaitlyn  (April 26, 2009)

Firefighters from Schooley's Mountain recently participated in the COTA for Kaitlyn walk-a-thon held on April 26, 2009. The event was held to raise funding and awareness for Kaitlyn's plight.

Kaitlyn Shannon was born to parents Jonathan & Kelly Cross on January 30, 2006.  She was six weeks premature, with a congenital kidney defect discovered shortly after birth.  Her condition was carefully monitored from that point forward for any signs of renal deterioration, which, unfortunately, came quite suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of nine months.  Critically ill, Kaitlyn spent a month at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ, most of that time in the pediatric intensive care unit. The subsequent diagnosis was End Stage Renal Disease.  With daily peritoneal dialysis treatment and much love,  Kaitlyn was finally well enough to receive a kidney transplant at seventeen months of age, from her mother, Kelly.  This life-saving procedure was done by the transplant team at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ on July 25, 2007.  

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and helping communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients.  After a request for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, volunteers are now working with COTA in raising funds on Kaitlyn’s behalf in the greater Long Valley, NJ area.  One hundred percent of all funds raised will be used for Kaitlyn’s transplant-related expenses.

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