St. Joseph’s Hospital-North was the recipient of a $3,000 CuddleCot donated by Land O’ Lakes resident Cristelle Suarez.
A CuddleCot is a cooling system that gives families days, instead of hours, to create memories with their babies.
Suarez lost a child in October 2012 and raised the funds for the CuddleCot through social media and a partnership with Madison’s Miracles, an organization that provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced infant loss.
Every year, Suarez does something in memory of her deceased child, Oliver.
A CuddleCot gives bereaved families precious extra time for hugs, kisses and other bonding. Suarez did not have a CuddleCot at the time of Oliver’s death. “I wish I did have one,” she said. “This is my way of helping anyone else that loses a baby, and remembering Oliver.”