Tiny purple caps spread awareness of abuse

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 19:51:14-04

Rachel Olson is determined to keep her baby girl's spirit alive, six months after she was lost to what doctors called an act of child abuse.

"For us, over the last several months, we've been trying to find a way to work through that," Olson said.

Finley Olson was just six months old when she was rushed from her day care to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Doctors found a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain they called evidence of abuse.

Now, Olson is working with Children's Hospital to prevent other cases of abuse. She is collecting money and tiny purple hats in Finley's name.

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Purple represents an acronym that reminds parents to keep calm during extended fits of crying.

That is a time when frustration can lead to abuse.

Through the hats and Finley's fund, Olson hopes to spread that message wide. Helping little Finley's life touch the lives of many babies to come.

"Being able to establish this fund in my daughter's memory knowing she's going to be able to make a lasting impact on other childrens' lives, I think that's something she would want."

To donate purple knit caps:

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
PO BOX 1997, MS 4110
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997

To donate to Finley's Fund:

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Finley's Fund
PO BOX 1997, MS 3050
Milwaukee, WI 53201