About Mariella Desjardin
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 Burlington, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Mariella Desjardin.
Mariella is the daughter of Kyle and Tonya Desjardin. Born on October 16, 2011, Mariella was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. The doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $110,000 is being raised by Burlington volunteers.