About Johnny Damato

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Tuesday, August 26th, A Night Of Blues To Benefit The Children's Organ Transplant Association

WHERE: Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ,

WHEN: 8:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM Doors)

Tickets are only $15 for this special event! Please SPREAD THE WORD and come out and enjoy the evening! #Blues4COTA. Purchase tickets now: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5334005&pl=mexicali

If you cannot make it to the event you can still donate here:


John D'Amato's Born Blue Tour calls on the Blues community to come out and support COTA at all upcoming performances.

Guitarist John D'Amato, who was literally born blue, is currently touring in support of his latest CD, "Born Blue… The Sun Sessions”, recorded at the one and only Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee.

It is by sheer coincidence that Johnny Damato (no relation), a 17-year-old from Fort Lee, NJ was born with a rare heart defect which began to manifest itself two years ago. 

When John heard about Fort Lee, NJ resident, Johnny Damato (no relation) and COTA's work with families  challenged to cover the cost of surgery, continual visits to the doctor and expensive anti-rejection medications children will have to take for the rest of his life, he felt compelled to contribute. 

“I have a special place in my heart for the children and the families of children born with heart defects”, John says.  “I was born with a condition known as Coarctation of the Aorta (a narrowing of part of the aorta, the major artery leading out of the heart), which caused me to have circulation problems, essentially meaning that if my blood was having problems getting throughout my body I wasn't getting enough oxygen." 

"That lack of oxygen caused me to literally turn blue, Damato added. "I eventually made it home from the hospital 3 weeks later. Though I was home and seemed to be doing fine, the prognosis was not very good”, he continues.

“Unfortunately in 1957 there was no way to correct Coarctation of the Aorta. The doctor’s speculated that as I grew the narrowing would create so much pressure in my aorta that eventually it would burst; it was just a question of when, so I had to be monitored closely and tested frequently.

My childhood seemed like an endless routine of doctor visits and hospital stays until I reached age nine. At that point we were informed that a surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital had performed a new procedure on a young boy that corrected his Coarctation of the Aorta. So at age nine, I had the same life saving surgery”.  One year later I was told by my doctor that I was totally healthy and did not have to come back and see him”, he concludes.

John D'Amato has pledged $1 from each “Born Blue… The Sun Sessions” CD or Digital download sold to COTA for Johnny. $5 from each “Born Blue” T-Shirt sold will be split 50/50 COTA/International Children's Heart Foundation until they are sold out.

Additionally, John will be performing a concert to benefit COTA for Johnny on Tuesday August 26 at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ.

Tickets are only $15!

Tickets may be purchased at this link: http://tinyurl.com/Blues4COTA

If you cannot attend, hit a high note by making a donation here at: CotaForJohnnyD.com. Donations Accepted for Children’s Organ Transplant Association 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit.



The son of John and Rita Damato, Johnny is a 17-year-old from Fort Lee, NJ with a passion for baseball, family and riding his bike with friends. He was born with a rare heart defect which began to manifest itself two years ago.

On June 13, 2012, Johnny received a life-saving emergency heart transplant from the doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY.

With the cost of a heart transplant often exceeding $500,000, the Damatos are challenged to cover the cost of the surgery, continual visits to the doctor and expensive anti-rejection medications which Johnny will have to take for the rest of his life.

Contact US
If you're interested in being a volunteer, sponsor, or hosting event to benefit COTAforJohnny D, please contact Mary Gendron (Fundraising Coordinator) at: mgendron@MG-PR.COM or call daytime: 212-980-9065 or mobile: 917-340-1006.

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