Mother raises awareness about child hot car deaths

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS AND Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 6:21 PM

AUSTIN -- An Austin couple is a driving force to save children from hot cars.

Brett and Kristie Reeves-Cavaliero started the foundation, Ray Ray's Pledge, to warn other parents about the danger of forgetting children in a hot car.

"We could not accept our daughter's life being nothing more than a horrible statistic," said Kristie Reeves-Cavaliero.

Ray Ray died May 25, 2011, after her father forgot to drop her off at daycare and left her in his truck on a 100-degree day.

"The harsh reality is the majority of cases involve very loving, responsible parents who mistakenly forgot their child, often a sleeping child, and most of them rear facing and under two years of age," said Kristie Reeves-Cavaliero.

Ray Ray's Pledge pushed for National Heatstroke Prevention Day to raise awareness across the country.  The foundation has also gotten press from media organizations in Canada, England, and Italy.

This year 24-children have already died from heatstroke in the United States.

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