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A very special donation to help grieving parents

Dedicated to the memory of Ryan Russell, Ryan’s Cot allows grieving parents additional time to say goodbye to stillborn children
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Ryan's Cot was unveiled at the Sault Area Hospital on Friday, March 18, 2016. Pictured are Richard and Amanda Russell, Angela Caputo, and SAH Patient Care Supervisor Kierston Miron. Donna Hopper/SooToday

A very special piece of medical equipment was unveiled Friday afternoon at the Sault Area Hospital.

Ryan’s Cot, a ‘Cuddle Cot’ that allows grieving parents additional time to say goodbye to stillborn children, is dedicated to the memory of Ryan Russell.

He is the son of Amanda and Richard Russell.

“A friend of mine told me that she thought it was amazing that someone so small could do something so mighty,” Amanda told SooToday through tears. “That’s what having this here means - to have this life mean more than just the few hours we got with him. To give other parents more time to spend with their babies is everything.”

Amanda’s cousin and owner of The Breakfast Pig, Angela Caputo, began a campaign last December to provide the necessary funding for Ryan’s Cot.

“It’s a big deal to our family to have Ryan’s presence be so prominent in our community,” Angela said. “It’s nice for Amanda and Richard, but it’s also nice for all of us to have him here doing good for other families.”

She explained that the outpouring of community support her business has received inspired her to give back to the people of Sault Ste. Marie.

Every December, Caputo plans on taking on a new community project with a focus on children.

“They’re the pillars of our society. If you support the kids, then good things will come to the community,” she said. “It’s time to focus on the young generation in the Sault.”

The $4,000 used to purchase Ryan’s Cot was provided by The Breakfast Pig and staff, Exit Realty Lake Superior, Capco Construction, PAC Construction Group LTD., Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep and private donors.

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Donna Hopper has been a photojournalist with SooToday since 2007, and her passion for music motivates her to focus on area arts, entertainment and community events.
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