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Cottage Grove family works to raise money in honor of their son

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Cottage Grove woman who lost her son to a congenital heart defect continues to her grief into action.

On Wednesday, Angela Steinhauer and her husband, Anthony, stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to share their recent project and talk about an upcoming fundraiser benefiting the American Family Children's Hospital.

Steinhauer's son, Asher, was born with several congenital heart defects. After having surgery at 11 days old, he started developing blood clots at four weeks old. Steinhauer says the doctor told them that there was little awareness and at the time no research being done for children with blood clots. In 2015, at 24-days-old, Asher passed away from complications.

In honor of her son, Steinhauer started Asher's Heart Fund, which provides money and support to the American Family Children's Hospital cardiac department and NICU hospital, called Beads of Courage.

Steinhauer recently started a project with Heart Pillows. She says the pillows help relieve pain from patient's sternum when they have to cough or move.

"It's an important tool in the recovery process for these kids," said Steinhauer.

Steinhauer hosted a sewing event in the Fall where volunteers came out and made 52 pillows, which she says will supply the hospital for about a year.

The Steinhauers are holding an Asher's Heart Fundraiser on Saturday, February 15 at Varsity Bar and Grill in Sun Prairie. To learn more about the event, click here.

Angela Steinhauer was a Jefferson Award Winner in February 2019.

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