In conjunction with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, we are a non-profit financially assisting families of children awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.

We believe every transplant family deserves a helping hand, allowing them to solely focus on their child’s care.  


The Problem

Infants and children seeking organ transplants face immense difficulties with high mortality rates and paralyzing, unforeseen bills.


Our Story

Hayden’s Hope was founded in honor of our son Hayden Michael Nowkhah.  Through Hayden’s Hope we raise money to support families awaiting life-saving pediatric organ transplants. 

Act Now

No gift or action is too small to make a difference in the lives of families awaiting life-saving organ donations.  Make a life-altering difference for a child today.


Transplant Families Face Financial Difficulty

In crisis, families seeking a transplant face crippling costs not always covered by insurance. While families put jobs on hold, bills for housing, travel and long-term care associated with treatment often devastate finances and exceed insurance caps.



Steep Mortality Rates

One in five children on the transplant list die before receiving an organ. Children waiting for heart transplants face a greater chance of dying on the wait list than all other ages needing transplants. 

Hayden's Story

Thirty-nine days is all we had

On August 12, 2011, Hayden Michael Nowkhah was born, seemingly healthy.  At six days old, after just three days at home, Hayden was back in the hospital with a 102 degree fever. A virus attacked his fragile heart.  Within a matter of days, Hayden was near the top of the heart transplant list. How could this have happened to a little boy who seemed to be the picture of perfect health? 


This virus caused a condition called myocarditis and devastated his heart function.  Hayden would need a heart transplant.  After numerous surgeries and complications, Hayden suffered a catastrophic stroke.  That stroke would cause him to be removed from the transplant list.   At 39 days old, we lost our precious, brave baby boy.  

Because of Hayden’s experience, and because thousands of infants go through the same thing every year, we decided to create "Hayden's Hope" to raise awareness for pediatric organ donation.  In addition, Hayden's Hope, working in conjunction with the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), is raising money to cover transplant-related expenses in honor of children awaiting life-saving transplants.
Medical bills, travel costs to and from transplant centers, lengthy stays away from home and in many cases, job loss affects transplant families and devastates them financially.  COTA families receive 100% of the money raised through Hayden's Hope, easing this financial burden and allowing them to focus on what is most important: the life of their child.  

Though Hayden is no longer with us, his story lives on. The story of the little boy who died but whose heart beats out of hope and love for children everywhere. It is our hope that Hayden's story inspires others to help children achieve the successful transplants they deserve so that they can live the life they were meant to live.

No gift or action is too small to make a difference in the lives of families awaiting pediatric organ donations.  Make a life-altering difference for a child today.




Monetary gifts help cover donation-related expenses for families awaiting and receiving pediatric organ donations. One-hundred percent of contributions directly support Hayden’s Hope families.  


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Give the gift of life in honor of Hayden.  One donation can bring a life-impacting miracle to three other lives.  


Share the story of Hayden’s Hope and raise awareness for the vital issue of pediatric organ donation.  You can be a voice for families facing the unimaginable.

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