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Cupcake Crusaders to raise funds for organ transplant

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Local youth have organized a cupcake sale to help raise funds on behalf of a woman they’ve never met who is need of a double lung transplant.

Fourteen youngsters will be selling cupcakes and lemonade at the Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill , 356 Indian Boundary Rd., Chesterton, this Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Kim Corbin, the Public Relations Coordinator for a Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), is helping coordinate a fundraising campaign on behalf of woman by the name of Stephanie Rath, who is in need of a life-saving double lung transplant.

These Chesterton youth have joined the fundraising efforts that a group of Stephanie's friends have undertaken, and are being affectionately called the "Cupcake Crusaders" because of their plans to put on a lemonade and cupcake sale to help raise funds.

One of the youth, Abby, had a kidney transplant herself when she was a baby and the family worked with COTA at the time. So Abby is ‘paying it forward’ and helping to raise awareness for organ donation at the same time.

COTA is a national charity dedicated to helping children and young adults who need a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. Over the past two decades, COTA has assisted more than 1,900 patients from throughout the country, all of whom required a life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplant.

So, stop by and enjoy a tasty treat and help someone in need at the same time.

Donations can also be made online at Donors are asked to please write lemonade or cupcakes in their comments so the kids know how many people helped in the virtual world too.

Every dollar raised will go toward transplant-related expenses.

For more information about COTA please visit and find Stephanie’s story at


Posted 7/5/2013