MADISON, Wis. — Nearly one year after a Dane County couple unexpectedly lose their little one, comes an effort to honor the lives of all angel babies.

Kim Whitmore remembers the life of her daughter, Alana Rose with a new foundation, named after the little girl. Alana Rose was born stillborn after a placental abruption last February.   

Whitmore is hard at work on creating the “Butterfly Ball” in Madison. Whitmore’s inaugural gala fundraiser at the Concourse Hotel has one big goal: to purchase an additional $5,000 Cuddle Cot for Meriter Hospital’s birthing center. This will help families have a chance to say their final goodbyes to their infants.

“You know they [parents] expect to have a lifetime of memories with their child and when that is taken away like in ours… having that cooling system to be with you for a few days, is such a precious gift,” Whitmore said.

Even if you can’t attend the event, Whitmore would still like all families touched by pregnancy or infant loss to provide the name, as well as birth and death date, of their loved one. So far, 70 names will turn into paper butterflies as she finishes up her angel memorial display.

Those interested can more about how to get tickets to the Butterfly Ball and find out how you can help with Whitmore’s other project, turning donated wedding dress into angel gowns, here.