Isn't it amazing what a community can do when they pull together for a loving and perfect cause?
This year was the 2nd Annual "The 4x4 Show" by The Jaxon Kade Foundation, Inc - a Non Profit Foundation that benefits Pregnancy & Infant Loss by purchasing Cuddle Cots and providing bereavement services to families.
As of October 14th, 2016 not one Oklahoma Hospital had a Cuddle Cot to provide grieving families that had just lost a baby, and last year the Foundation raised enough money through this one event, their very first, to purchase 3! Most people know October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and rightfully so, but it's also Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, October 15th being the day where you light a Candle at 7 pm for a Child Lost.
What is a Cuddle Cot? Read here all about it: http://flexmort.com/cuddle-cots/. Basically they allow a grieving and often SHOCKED family to spend up to 72 hours vs a normal 3 hours with their child to have as many memories and minutes as possible, considering they thought they'd have a life time.
Why are we involved? Well, first it's an amazing reason, but secondly we have a friend that lost their baby Jaxon Kade Martin on June 16, 2014 suddenly and they had no idea what to to but only had 3 hours with him. Thankfully a volunteer at the hospital knew to take photos and some of things that we as parents take for granted we have all the time to do. During the healing process, they decided to honor their Son's life by creating the Foundation in his name and raising awareness to #Shatterthesilence that too many families live in (because no one knows what to say or do for them) and to raise money for Hospitals to have a Cuddle Cot so that families have more time. As time goes by, so do the goals grow and soon they will be onto providing services like training for professionals, keepsakes, and more services to those families.
Last year October 14, 2016 the raised and were able to deliver 3 Cuddle Cots, but this year on October 14th, 2017 we had THREE times the participants & vendors, along with some fantastic sponsorships and great raffles, they raised just shy of $17K! That means that 6 Cuddle Cots will be delivered in December and that's 6 more Hospitals that can provide more time with families!
RDD was a proud sponsor and will continue to be forevermore! Learn More about the Foundation at: https://www.facebook.com/thejaxonkadefoundation/ and The 4X4 Show at https://www.facebook.com/the4x4show/.
Pictures will be on our website soon!
HUGE Thank you to all the Vendors that showed up, donated, volunteers that worked and of course to the families that have shared their stores to help other families!