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While many of us sat inside, watching and waiting for the snow to fall, and the plows to clear our way back to normalcy, the Resor family was anything but sitting still. Sunday, February 1, the call the family had been waiting for rang. Noel, 16, and her parents, and brother loaded into the car just ahead of the impending snow storm and headed south for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

“They have been waiting for this call for several months,” says Nancy Leming, Campaign Coordinator for the local Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) team who has been raising funds to offset kidney-transplant related expenses. Today, that call came.

Noel has been on the kidney donor list for the past few months, awaiting the right donor who may allow her life to change, again. Diagnosed in 2013, with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a rare disease which attacks the kidney’s filtering system (glomeruli) and causes serious scarring, Resor has undergone several steps in an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including daily dialysis. Her family paired with COTA and a local team of volunteers to raise money to aid in transplant-related expenses. Over the past year, donations from a supportive community have raised nearly half of the $75,000 goal. Funds raised for COTA in honor of Noel R may be used to assist with travel, medication and housing expenses. Noel’s recovery time is expected to be at least three months following the kidney transplant, which happened on February 3, 2015.

Fortunately, both of Noel’s parents have flexible employers, who will allow them to either work from her bedside, switching between a week in the office, and a week from Indianapolis. Mark is part of the technology team for Fort Wayne Community Schools and Elizabeth (Liz) works for Easter Seals Arc in their business office. “We had hoped to raise all of the $75,000 before her transplant,” says Leming, “but we are thrilled for this life-changing transplant. We will keep working to raise money for COTA in honor of Noel to assist with transplant-related expenses.” Donations are being accepted through the COTA website: Updates about Noel’s progress is also available on the blog of the same website and related social media pages.

Noel’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana. COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses.

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