AADAP is asking our extended ‘Ohana to consider making a contribution towards Cassidy Goya’s Children Organ Transplant Association (COTA) Campaign, for a life-saving liver transplant. Cassidy is the granddaughter of May Goya, a long-time AADAP supporter who was a core Admin Staff in the late 80s. AADAP is glad to support ‘Ohana when possible, and this campaign will help save a young person with a bright future. AADAP is helping the family reach the $100,000 goal. Continue reading to learn more and consider making a contribution at the link below”
Here is her story from her COTA campaign:
Cassidy is a sweet, thoughtful 15-year-old with a quick mind and dry wit. She is the youngest in a very close-knit family and best friends with her big sister, Autumn. Before her unexpected and quick progressing illness, she loved playing softball, clarinet, and competing on the math team – all at the Mid Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cassidy feels blessed to have the love and support of ‘ohana and friends, near and far. She appreciates the wonderful support coming alongside with prayers, food, calls, texts, words of encouragement, rides, and outpouring of love. If you are reading and hearing about Cassidy’s story for the first time – thank you for your interest!
Cassidy’s journey started in August 2022 when she began feeling extremely lethargic. After hundreds of tests and many hospital stays, both at Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu and at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition called Vanishing Bile Duct Syndrome. It was likely caused by her taking an antibiotic called Minocycline which irreversibly injured her liver as an unexpected side effect.
Over the last few months, her liver function has rapidly declined causing her a lot of discomfort and creating a ripple effect of other debilitating symptoms. Throughout it all, she has been a source of strength and courage for her family. She has never complained and kept looking forward to when she gets better so she can eat the foods and do the activities she loves again.
On December 15, 2022, her team of doctors from Kapiolani Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford made the decision that Cassidy was unlikely to get better on her own and put her on the active transplant list.
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