Media Alert - North Carolina

Raleigh Man Receives Life-Saving Transplant

Raleigh, North Carolina -- 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 Raleigh, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local man, Eric Hein.

Eric is the husband of Marissa Barker. Born in 1989, Eric was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The doctors at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, performed a life-saving lung transplant November 20, 2016. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Raleigh 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 Melanie Barker at 919.671.1131 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Cara Glover at 919.609.8049 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 Eric H” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Eric’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to ensure that a transplant does not financially devastate a family. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.