About Everett Darby
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 Loveland, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local baby, Everett Darby.
Everett is the son of Kurt and Katherine Darby. Born on February 13, 2012, Everett was diagnosed with Hyper IgM Syndrome. This condition prohibits Everett's immune system from recognizing and remembering infection to fight it off. In this, first year of his life, Everett has undergone monthly infusions to give him enough immunities to stay healthy. Still leaving him with inadequate protection, this process would continue indefinitely. The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora, have recommended a life-saving bone marrow transplant. An estimated $45,000 is being raised by Loveland volunteers.