Media Alert

Northfield Boy In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Northfield, Minnesota -- 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 Northfield, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local boy, Marty Malecha. 

Marty is the son of Allen and Shauna Malecha.  Born on September 3, 2004, Marty was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.  The doctors at Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Northfield 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 Kari Andreas at 952.737.7065 or  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Lori Andreas at 952.270.1719 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 Marty M.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Marty’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.