About Chad Bautch

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-related expenses.  In Omaha, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like Omaha resident Chad Bautch.
Born on April 15, 1975, Chad was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) when he was 3 years old.  When Chad was diagnosed, the doctors told his parents that the average life of a CF patient was 14.  Chad had a normal childhood; he played many sports, was involved in high school clubs, and even spent two summers working outdoors.  In college, Chad met Heidi and fell head over heels in love.  They got married young, Chad was 21 and Heidi was 20.  All the while, Chad was doing his daily regimen to fight CF including breathing treatments, chest physiotherapy, and dietary supplements.  
In 2002, Chad and Heidi welcomed their first child, Carter, into the family.  In 2009, twins, Landon and Millie were born.  
In January of 2014, the physicians at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview accepted Chad into the transplant program, yet Chad was considered too healthy to be listed.  Six months later, in July, the follow-up visit also deemed Chad too healthy for a transplant.
Chad’s health took a turn for the worse at the end of 2015.  At his check-up on January 25th of 2016 the doctors at the University of Minnesota at Fairview recommended he be listed for a life-saving double lung transplant.
As a result, volunteers in Omaha are trying to raise $200,000 to help cover the costs of transplant-related expenses.
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