This is an email I received from my Sister-in-law’s sister, about her little boy, Zachary. Using a search engine is such an easy thing to do, and something that you do mindlessly, so often. Think about putting some pennies in the bucket for Zach by using GoodSearch. At the very least, send up some prayers for this little guy and his family. They’ve been through so much.
As you may or may not know, Gary and I had a baby boy in August who arrived 3 months early. Zachary came into this world weighing 2 lbs 5.5 oz.
At 5 weeks of age he developed a disease called Necrotizing Entercolitis which causes the small bowel to die. On September 11th and September 12th he was rushed into emergency surgery where the surgeons removed all but 6 cm of his small bowel. (A term infant has about 150 cm of small bowel)
With only 6 cm left, Zachary’s only chance for long-term survival is a small bowel transplant.
Currently Zachary is fed over 18 hours through a central line with a mixture called TPN ( Total Parental Nutrition) While TPN is amazing and helps him grow, it also causes liver damage.
In November we went to Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital for an evaluation to see if Zachary was a suitable candidate for a transplant. The doctors there listed him as a status 1 candidate on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) for a small bowel, liver and pancreas. While they would like him to be 22 lbs for transplant, they have perfomed this 12-16 hour operation on infants as small as 6 lbs. Now we wait for organs and grow as big as we can!
This surgery is relatively new and is only performed at 4 centers in the country. Only 40-50 of this type of transplant is done per year nationwide on children and adults combined.
Now, here is where you come in….I am not very good at asking for help but here it goes…..
There is an organization called Goodsearch powered by Yahoo which donates 1 cent for every search done. That means if we can get 500 people to search 4 times a day then $7300 in one year will be donated towards Zachary’s transplant expenses. All of that without anyone spending a dime.
Here is how it is done:
Go to www.goodsearch.com
It asks “Who do you goodsearch for”
Type in COTA and then Enter
You will see two COTA sites but click the one that is COTA – Zachary Solomon
Then search away….
What is neat is that any time you can click on the “amount raised” button and see how many searches have been done in Honor of Zachary.
Note: COTA – Childrens Organ Transplant Association is a 501-c3 company that allows 100% raised in honor of Zachary to go directly towards his transplant expenses.
COTA is in IN but we are in St. Louis.
For those of you who are computer savvy you can load this as your default search engine toolbar. Just go to:
Remeber this is actually Yahoo so you are still able to use a quick and reliable search engine. Please forward this to as many people as you know.