Media Alert

Columbia Toddler Needs Life-Saving Transplant

Columbia, 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 Columbia, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Xander Barr. 

Xander is the son of Randee and Bob Barr.  Born on January 23, 2014, Xander was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hepatoblastoma.  The doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio performed a life-saving liver transplant March 3, 2015.  It has now been determined that Xander needs a second transplant.  An estimated $60,000 is being raised by Columbia 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 Abbey Matz at 573.808.3230 or  Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Jessica Bowles at 479.871.4665 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 Xander B.” written on the memo line of the check.  Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Xander’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.