About Shanna Carlile Roy (Blu)

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 Bridgeville, Placer County, and Sacramento County, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local woman, Shanna Carlile. 

Born on October 16, 1975, Shanna was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and was given a life expectancy of five years. As Shanna grew, so did her life expectancy. On September 11, 2001(the day the Twin Towers fell) Shanna gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sage. It was a miracle, especially considering Shanna's health issues. After having to reschedule their wedding, Shanna got married to the love of her life, Abner Carlile-Roy,on September 21, 2013.   They got married on the beautiful Trinidad State Beach, surrounded by loving friends and family. Shanna has been able to live past many doctors' expectations.  The doctors at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California performed a life-saving double lung transplant on December 31, 2013.  An estimated $35,000 is being raised by Bridgeville, Placer County, and Sacramento County volunteers.