About Claire Kaufman
My name is Claire
I was born on October 20th, 2011. I was full-term and weighed 7lbs, 8 oz. The next day doctors at the hospital suspected I had a rare disease called biliary atresia. The problem is the bile ducts are blocked and the connection between the liver and intestines did not develop. There is no cure nor does anyone know what causes it. I am on tube feedings at night to give me more calories to try and help me grow. A procedure was performed when I was four weeks old at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital to try to correct the liver problem. The operation was not successful. My liver is deteriorating and my growth is inhibited. I am now awaiting a liver transplant to save my life.
My Mommy and Daddy are working with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) which is a national organization dedicated to organizing and guiding communities (my team of family and community friends are calling themselves Claire’s Kare Bears!) in raising funds for patients in need of a transplant… Like ME!
All donations are fully tax deductible and are administered by COTA. There are no administrative costs and 100% of all money raised goes directly to transplant-related expenses.
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 Enon, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby, Claire Kaufman.
Claire is the daughter of Leah Moliengo and Kevin Kaufman. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Enon volunteers.