Zak Mortensen, a 9-year old little boy and Houston resident, has been diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) since he was four years old. Since then, Zak has been restricted from physical activity and the one thing he loves most – running! In October, 2012, Zak received an Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) and Pacemaker and in March of 2013, that ICD saved his life. Despite all of this, Zak’s dream can still come true through a life-saving heart transplant. However, the cost of a transplant often exceed $1,000,000 and many transplant patients 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. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by a team of dedicated Houston volunteers for transplant-related expenses.
Many of you already know the story of Deer Park High School Campus Technology Integration Specialist, Carol Mortensen and her grandson, Zak. Their family has recently teamed up with C.O.T.A. (Children’s Organ Transplant Association) to raise funds in honor of Zak, as he awaits his new heart!! This week, Interact will be fundraising during all lunches for this cause.
To help raise awareness among our student body, please share this information with your advisories.