Cottie and Cake Return Address

In the NIC of Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Carmel Country Club

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 and the Charlotte Fetal Care Center, both places where the Hampton family witnessed miracles. Since its inception, In the NIC of Time has raised over $440,000 for the Cottie & Cake Fund.


How we’ve helped:

Dornier Diode Laser: Charlotte Fetal Care Center was able to purchase this piece of equipment making them the only fetal care center offering Intrautero Fetoscopic Laser Ablation in the entire Southeast.

Neonatal webcam system: Neonatal Intensive Care and Progressive Care Nurseries at Levine Children’s Hospital now have webcams installed at every isolette for real-time viewing of babies while parents are away from the hospital.

NICN Sleep Rooms / Aesthetic and Machine Upgrades: In 2016, proceeds from In the NIC of Time, as well as direct contributions to the Cottie & Cake Fund, will support aesthetic and machine upgrades to the six sleep rooms located in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nurseries at Levine Children’s Hospital. Without the upgrades, the rooms could not accommodate all families, such as those with twin newborns.

NICN Bead Journey Project: Funds help support a NICN bead journey program in which families can acknowledge and celebrate their infant’s accomplishments, emotions, and milestones in a creative, memorable way.

Committee member toolkit for 2018 In the Nic of Time




The Cottie & Cake Fund

After a complicated, high-risk pregnancy, Meghan and Steve Hampton lost one of their twin girls, Katelynn, in 2010 during childbirth. Sister Scottlyn was born at a mere 2 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 their 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 and Cake” Fund (nicknames that their older daughter Ella gave the twins) to support neonatal and fetal care at Levine Children’s Hospital.


The Cottie & Cake Fund supports the neonatology program at Levine Children’s Hospital as well as the Charlotte Fetal Care Center. Most recently, funds raised through In the NIC of Time have supported new technology in Levine Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery that provides a secure, private webcam system, installed at each infant’s bedside, to offer parents secure, real-time video of their infant when they cannot be at the hospital. A free service to patients and their families, this offers peace of mind and alleviates some of the anxiety parents experience with a newborn in the hospital.


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. In 2012, the neonatology program was recognized as one of the top 50 in the world by U. S. News & World Report.

What is the Charlotte Fetal Care Center?

The Charlotte Fetal Care Center is one of just a handful of centers in the country. Led by Dr. Courtney Stephenson, The Charlotte Fetal Care Center, along with the Women’s Institute at Carolinas Medical Center, provides pre-natal care and treatment for some of the most high-risk pregnancies, especially those involving multiple fetuses.