Media Alert

Tampa Girl In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Tampa, Florida -- 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 Tampa, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local girl, Mya Arsenault. 

Mya is the daughter of Jesenia Venerio and Dillon Arsenault.  Born in 2013, Mya was diagnosed with Short Bowel Syndrome.  The doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, have recommended a life-saving intestinal transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Tampa 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 Maria O’Farrill at 813.482.8210 or mimamery@yahoo.comMedia representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Jessica Millan at 813.446.9886 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 Team Mya A” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Mya’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.