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 beautiful little girl at first weight just over 8 pounds. She seemed healthy, except for very low muscle tone and a strong gag reflex, which affected her sucking, and therefore, her eating. Soon after, Anna contracted RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), a kind of pneumonia, 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 in Spokane have recommended a life-saving transplant. As of February 2014, Anna was officially placed in End Stage Renal Failure and is currently on dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant scheduled for December 3, 2014. Her oldest brother, Andrew, is going to be her living donor. 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 (20), and Luke (16). She finally got her wish for a sister last summer, when Andrew married Carly! 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. Anna is currently a freshman at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington. She participates heavily in the LC music program, playing baritone saxophone in marching and jazz bands, and bassoon in concert band. She is also a member of the drama club. She is a very talented writer and artist, and most of all, loves God and is very active in her church.