The Cottie & Cake Fund

After a complicated, high-risk pregnancy, Meghan and Steve Hampton lost one of their twin girls, Katelynn (“Kate”), during childbirth in 2010. Sister Scotlynn (“Scottie”) was born at a mere two pounds and immediately thrust into the fight of her life. While Scottie’s road to recovery was paved with challenges and setbacks, the Hampton family found strength in each other and the love and support from the staff at Levine Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICN). To honor their children and show support and appreciation for the care they received, Meghan and Steve – along with Meghan’s parents Fran and Don Russ, M.D. – started the “Cottie & Cake” Fund (nicknames that their older daughter Ella gave the twins) to support neonatal care at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Cottie & Cake Fund supports the neonatology program at Levine Children’s Hospital. Learn more about the greatest funding needs at this time and read more about the impact of philanthropy below.

How philanthropy is making a difference at the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery:

  • Neonatal Webcam System: Neonatal Intensive Care and Progressive Care Nurseries at Levine Children’s Hospital are equipped with webcams  in every isolette – providing real-time viewing of babies to help families bond, even when they cannot be at the bedside.
  • NICN Sleep Rooms / Aesthetic and Machine Upgrades: Proceeds from In the NIC of Time, as well as direct contributions to the Cottie & Cake Fund, supported aesthetic and machine upgrades to the six sleep rooms located in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries at Levine Children’s Hospital.  Not only did these upgrades create a place of comfort and respite for families whose infants are treated in the NICN, two of the six rooms were upfitted with the medical technology to accommodate families with twin newborns.
  • NICU Journey Bead Program: Since 2017, the Cottie & Cake Fund has been supporting this family support program, which uses handcrafted glass beads as a tangible way for families to acknowledge and celebrate their infant’s story in a creative, memorable way. It’s a way to recognize the emotions, remember the milestones, and reflect upon the trials and triumphs that make up each unique NICN journey.
  • 10 new NICU privacy screens: These new privacy screens were put in place in hope to enhance the quality of care and bond between families and
    their babies.
  • Dornier Diode Laser: Charlotte Fetal Care Center was able to purchase this specialized piece of equipment to provide Fetoscopic Laser Surgery for high-risk pregnancies.




What is the NICN at Levine Children’s Hospital?

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICN) at Levine Children’s Hospital is one of the most comprehensive neonatal care facilities in the region. In 2011, it received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission and was the only facility of its kind in the nation to have this distinction. For multiple years consecutively, the neonatology program at Levine Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the top 50 in the world by U. S. News & World Report.

In the NIC of Time 

In 2011, the Russ and Hampton families set out to create a unique event—In the NIC of Time—to bring awareness to the miracles that take place every day in our own community. They wanted to use their story to ask the community to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital, where the Hampton family witnessed miracles. Since its inception, In the NIC of Time has raised over $440,000 for the Cottie & Cake Fund.

The next scheduled In the NIC of Time event will take place in September 2021, but opportunities to support the Cottie and Cake Fund and the need for philanthropic support are continuous. Ever dollar contributed directly to the Cottie and Cake Fund makes a difference in the lives of Levine Children’s Hospital’s most fragile infants. Learn more about the greatest funding needs and how philanthropy continues to make a vital difference for patients and their families.