Media Alert

Pevely Infant In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Pevely, Missouri -- 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 Pevely, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Michael Loness. 

Michael is the son of Sarah and Shawn Loness.  Born on April 18, 2016, Michael was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Kidney Disease.  The doctors at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Pevely 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 Donna Ernst at 314.640.3875 or  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Craig Modde at 636.524.5820 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 Michael Logan L.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Michael’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.