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Hope was featured on the Access WDUN radio show. 

Hope was featured on the front page of the Gainesville Times today! Click on the link below to read the full story.

Gainesville Teen In Need of Life-Saving Transplant

Gainesville, Georgia -- 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 Gainesville, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Hope Kienle.

Hope is the daughter of Amy and Robert Kienle. Born in 2003, Hope was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia and Portal Hypertension. The doctors at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, have recommended a lifesaving multivisceral transplant. An estimated $100,000 is being raised by Gainesville 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 Jerry Haralson at 407.864.8060 or Media representatives may contact the campaign Public Relations Coordinator Heather Wasco at 513.325.8491 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 Hope K” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at

Hope’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.