11 DEC 2020
WOMACK MEDICAL CENTER Ft. Bragg, North Carolina
Legacy of Honor founder and president, Daniel Riggs who is also a member of American Legion Post 44 Canton, Ohio was honored to speak at Ft. Bragg for the recognition service on the receipt of Womack Medical Center’s, first ever, Cuddle Cot.
Cuddle Cots are designed to give parents of still-born babies more time with their infants. The Cuddle Cot delays the stillborn baby’s body from deteriorating. It’s a cobalt blue box that resembles a child’s toy chest. Inside the cot are a cooling unit and a book on child loss for the parents. It works by “circulating cold water to a small flexible cold pad which is placed under the baby.
Riggs was stationed at Fort Bragg during the time he received injuries in Ranger Training which led to his retirement. Early in their marriage, Daniel and his wife Sarah suffered the loss of triplets pre-term which inspired them to spearhead a fund raising campaign to cover the over $2,700.00 price for a single cot. A growing number of hospitals are obtaining cuddle cots in the U.S. with the help of small charities. In 2019, England where the cot’s designer and producer is had over 92% of hospitals with cuddle cots. After their own loss, the Riggs’ felt compelled to do something further. That is how the desire to provide a Cuddle Cot was born. The Riggs’ partnered with Ashlie’s Embrace to bring the Cuddle Cot to Fort Bragg. www.ashliesembrace.org
Since then, Daniel Riggs has founded a 501c3 named Legacy of Honor. Its mission is to assist veterans, first responders and their families in any way, shape, or form. Just opening their doors, the Legacy of Honor has already assisted veterans with challenges such as: a tree limb that had crashed through a roof. The elderly veteran had no ability physically to work on it and no funds to pay for its removal. Other projects some having to do with projects requiring physical labor, building projects, and requests to simply spend time with veterans or first responders so family members can get out for a needed break. There is never a cost to the veteran, first responder or family member.
Legacy of Honor is working to develop its Honor Transport which will provide free door to door transportation to any client for whatever need such as a VA appointment or a regular doctor’s appointment or simply an opportunity they have to be out with some assisted freedom. Because Legacy of Honor is dependent on grants, donations, and in-kind gifts, providing an appropriate vehicle for clients with mobility needs will be quite a challenge. Riggs, whose Christian faith drives his efforts, is certain that every aspect of the work which God blesses will come to fruition.
Anyone interested in helping support Legacy of Honor is encouraged to contact Daniel at 330-806-9649, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.honorthelegacy.org.
All contributions are tax deductible.