Pasta for a Purpose to Raise Funds for COTA in Honor of Local Teen

“Pasta for a Purpose”, will be held for COTA in honor of Ashtyn Jackson, a teen who needs a kidney and liver transplant.  The event is planned for Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 4:00-8:00pm, at the Woolmarket Community Center in Biloxi.  Thirteen-year-old Ashtyn is listed for a kidney and liver transplant at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.  Funds are being raised for COTA in honor of Ashtyn to assist with transplant-related expenses.

The cost of the dinner will be $10. Tickets can be purchased online at Everyone purchasing a ticket will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a YETI cooler filled with YETI products and more! The dinner will also feature an Italian themed photo booth, dancing, and a silent auction (some items include Disney on Ice tickets and Waterpark passes!).

“The family and friends of Ashtyn want to encourage everyone in the community to attend our upcoming dinner in an effort to help give Ashtyn a second chance at life,” said Event Chair, Tonya.  “100% of the profits from Pasta for a Purpose will assist with transplant-related expenses.”

Ashtyn was diagnosed with Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis and Auto-recessive Polycystic Disease.  Local volunteers are raising an estimated $75,000 for COTA in honor of Team Ashtyn J to assist with transplant-related expenses throughout her lifetime.  For more information about Pasta for a Purpose, or other fundraising and volunteer opportunities, please contact Tonya Radford at

Ashtyn’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity based in Bloomington, Indiana.  COTA is dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  COTA’s services are completely free of charge, and 100% of funds generated by COTA community fundraising campaigns are available for transplant-related expenses. 

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