After a complicated, high-risk pregnancy, Meghan and Steve Hampton lost one of their twin girls, Katelynn, in 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 NICN. “We quickly learned what a special place NICN is for children and families in our community,” said Meghan Hampton. “We had the most amazing nurses and physicians who offered hope and smiles to families in their darkest hours.”

The Hampton family founded “In the NIC of Time” in honor of their children and the fantastic team and services at Levine Children’s Hospital.

In the words of the Hampton Family

In 2011, we set out to create something special, a unique event to bring awareness to the miracles that take place every day in our own community. After a trying year, filled with celebration and grief, we wanted to use our story to bring the community together and raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Charlotte Fetal Care Center, both places where we, personally, witnessed miracles.

Our Story

The Hampton Family
The Hampton Family (L-R):
Meghan, Ella, Scottie, and Steve

My pregnancy was a roller coaster from the start. We were thrilled that our daughter, Ella, would be a big sister and were overjoyed when we heard the word “twins.” However, that excitement quickly turned to concern when we received shocking news that we were having Mono-Mono twins -- meaning they were in the same sac and shared the same placenta. I now faced an extremely high-risk pregnancy.

I was admitted to the hospital at 26 weeks and had an emergency C-section on June 2, 2010. It was the worst day of my life. Katelynn was stillborn, and Scotlynn was in the fight of her life. Scottie was just 2 pounds when she was born – so tiny and helpless. She had to be resuscitated and needed two blood transfusions. All the while, I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that Kate didn’t make it. It was absolutely overwhelming and almost suffocating, but the support and love from my family, friends, and the staff at Levine Children's Hospital sustained us. We are so blessed Scottie refused to give up and is now home with us, happy and healthy. The events of that year are not ones you can ever “get over.” However, with the strength of my family and good friends, we are making it through.

In the NIC of Time

In 2011, the Hampton family 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 (NICN) 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 $450,000 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: NICN and the Neonatal Progressive Care Nursey (NPCN) 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 future aesthetic and machine upgrades to the six sleep rooms located in the NICNs at Levine Children’s Hospital. Without the upgrades, the rooms could not accommodate all families, such as those with twin newborns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cottie & Cake?

The names “Cottie & Cake” are included in the event name in honor of Scotlynn and Katelynn Hampton. Big sister, Ella, had a difficult time saying “Scottie and Kate.” Her attempts at pronouncing her sisters’ names inspired the “Cottie & Cake” title.

NIC of Time Planning Committee
The “In the NIC of Time” planning committee presents the 2011 proceeds to Levine Children’s Hospital
and Charlotte Fetal Care Center.

Whom do proceeds benefit?

Proceeds from The Cottie & Cake Fund benefit neonatal care and prenatal research at the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Charlotte Fetal Care Center, respectively.

What is the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Levine Children's Hospital?

The Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery 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. The neonatal intensive care nursery features a 53-bed unit and includes: the region’s only neonatal surgery program, the region’s only ECMO heart and lung bypass capability, and an active pediatric medical research program including participation in clinical trials in neonatology. Funds from 2011 “In the NIC of Time” event benefitted the neonatal intensive care nursery at Levine Children’s Hospital by dedicating seed funding for strategic space planning for the entire unit.

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 prenatal care and treatment for some of the most high-risk pregnancies, especially those involving multiple fetuses. Through the generous donation from The Cottie & Cake Fund, the Charlotte Fetal Care Center is able to embark on cutting edge research, tracking outcomes for patients treated at the center. Data will be gathered and entered by a trained clinical professional ensuring proper tracking of information for research purposes.

Why be a sponsor?

The miracles that happen each day at Levine Children’s Hospital would not happen without the support of philanthropy. As the Hampton family can attest, you never know when your children or the children you love may need these amazing facilities and medical expertise.  There are benefits to becoming an event sponsor.  Please refer to the sponsorship opportunities to find the right fit for your business or family.

Is my donation tax deductible?

All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. The estimated value received for food and beverages associated with the event is $65 per person, reducing the tax-deductible amount of the charitable contribution. Carolinas HealthCare Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.

Further questions?

For more information, please contact Cacky Higgins at cacky.higgins@carolinashealthcare.org.

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