About Anna Copley
About COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association): With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. COTA is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Spokane, volunteers are raising an estimated $60,000 for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teen, Anna R. Copley.
About Anna and her kidneys: Anna was born on January 14, 2000 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane - a healthy little girl at first weight just over 8 pounds. Soon after, Anna contracted RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and went down to almost 5 pounds. During this time, she was admitted to the Deaconess Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and later that night almost died. Thanks to her outstanding doctors and nurses - and a lot of prayer - she made it through, but with lasting impact on her kidneys.
Anna's diminished kidney function was watched closely in the subsequent years by her pediatrician and family, and while in the 4th grade (2009), Anna was diagnosed with stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure. She slowly progressed through stage 4 (4th -7th grade), and by fall of 2013 was on the edge of stage 5. In February 2014, Anna's kidney function had diminished enough that she was placed on dialysis.
The doctors at both Seattle Children's Hospital and Sacred Heart here in Spokane have recommended a life-saving transplant. As of February, Anna was officially placed in End Stage Renal Failure and is currently on twice weekly dialysis while awaiting final testing of a possible donor (identified). A date for the surgery is expected soon. Because Spokane doesn't have a transplant center set up to do kidney transplants on kids, the surgery will take place at Seattle Children's Hospital. This will require a three month stay for Anna and her mom in Seattle.
About who Anna is outside of her kidney failure: Anna is the daughter of John and Rebecca Copley and the little sister of three older brothers - Andrew (22), Matthew (19), and Luke (16). She's crazy about music and plays saxophone (both alto and baritone), bassoon, piano, dulcimer, ukulele and anything else she can get her hands on. She loves to hang out with her (really awesome!) friends. She is a very talented writer and artist, and most of all, loves God and is very active in her church. Her family is very proud of Anna and anxious to get her well. She will be a freshman at Lewis and Clark High School in the Fall, although will probably still be in Seattle when school starts. Knowing Anna, she'll be very anxious to join the high school band program already in action when she comes home!