About Noah Swanson
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-needy patients. In Phoenix, volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local toddler, Noah Swanson.
Noah is the son of Scott and Nancy Swanson. Born on September 18, 2009, Noah was diagnosed with severe Neutropenia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He has been classified as having Refractory Cytopenia of Childhood (RCC) MDS. The doctors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, have recommended a life-saving bone marrow transplant or cord blood transplant.
Noah was on the bone marrow registry since December 2011. After 1 1/2 years of searching for a bone marrow match with no sucess. The transplant team decided on a cord blood transplant for Noah. Noah was admitted to PCH on June 27th, 2013 to begin his transplant journey. Noah received his cord blood stem cell transplant on 7/5/13. Noah stayed in-patient for 12 weeks. He was released on 9/17/13 to begin his outpatient journey.
An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Phoenix volunteers.