Media Alert

Paducah Baby In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Paducah, Kentucky -- 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 Paducah,
volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby, James Bruce.

James is the son of Whitney and Bryon Bruce. Born in 2016, James was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, have recommended a life-saving heart transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Paducah 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 Melinda Mitchell at 931.289.8504 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Tim Alsobrooks at 731.363.1334 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 James B.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

James’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’spriority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lackof funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.