Media Alert

Gordo Woman In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Gordo, Alabama -- 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 Gordo, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Libby Hankins. 

Libby is the daughter of Susan and Bill Estes, and Scott and Tane Hankins.  Born on June 16, 1993, Libby was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  The doctors at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Gordo 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 Laurel Campbell at 205.292.2121 or  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Kim Dyer at 205.399.1637 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 Libby H.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Libby’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.