(1-6-21) St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, located at 1538 Oregon Road, Rockford, OH recently made a donation to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) Fund for Colten Mustard, son of Peter and Amber (Adams) Mustard of Celina, and great-grandson of the late Lloyd and the late Florence Gause formerly of Chatt  and grandson of Marjie (Gause) Ellis.

Shown above are Colten with his sisters Charleze and Camille and their mom, Amber Mustard, accepting the check from Consistory member Sheila Baltzell-Linn. Dad, Pete, took the picture.

Colten was born with a life-threatening disease called Biliary Atresia (BA), By age 12 he has had several surgeries to help his liver. But in May 2020,  he was diagnosed with hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) after a week-long hospital stay due to cholangitis. HPS affects the lungs of people with advanced liver disease. In September, Colten met with his Liver Team at Nationwide Children’s for a 2-day transplant evaluation. His team of doctors decided Colten should officially be listed on the UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) Active Liver Transplant List. 

For more information, to make a donation, or to follow Colten’s transplant journey visit www.COTAforColten.com or the CaringforColten Facebook page. COTA is a 501(c)3 charity so contributions to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and COTA funds are available for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses.