Media Alert

San Francisco Child In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

San Francisco, CA – With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients 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-needy patients. In San Francisco, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local child Christopher Padua.

Born on June 1, 2006, Christopher was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia. The doctors at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, California performed a life-saving liver transplant on October 30, 2007. An estimated $100,000 is being raised by San Francisco volunteers. Christopher is the son of Jenille Rimando and Jason Padua and the brother of Evan and Nathaniel Padua. His grandparents are Kathy and Sonny Rimando, and Naty and Manuel Padua.

Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities. Individuals and groups interested in more information can contact Campaign Coordinator Jamie Rimando at or 415-920-3089. Donation 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 Christopher P” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Christopher’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to assure that no child 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.