For the Antigo Times
Jason Fonder, age 33, was born with a congenital heart defect. He had open heart surgery at a young age, and has routine yearly exams.
At the end of September, Jason went for his yearly visit, and the doctor heard something that did not sound right. He then underwent an echocardiogram, where they found that his aortic valve was degenerated to the point of him going into heart failure. He was taken in for open heart surgery on October 14, 2016 at UW Madison. The eight-hour surgery turned into 17 hours as they could not stop the bleeding from behind his heart. This has led to many hurdles that Jason has had to overcome along the way. As of right now Jason is still in Madison; once he is stable and ready to move he will be transferred to a nursing home in Wausau for rehabilitation.
Jason’s wife, Sam, has started a journal at www.caringbridge.org – search Jason Fonder for updates.
Jason was working full-time at Brickner’s Collision Center and Sam has been staying at home with their four children, while also doing in-home daycare. They are both very passionate about their family and have been active in Boy Scouts, city-wide sports, and school functions. They have selflessly volunteered many hours to helping others throughout the community. The road will be very long ahead of them. We are asking for any form of support for Sam, Jason, and the kids.
There will be a benefit held for Jason at North Star Lanes on Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm.