In the 608: How ‘Asher’s Gift Box’ is helping families across the globe

MADISON, Wis. – A Madison mom is making it her goal to show folks that sometimes being different is a real strength.

Diana Knott remembers every little detail about the birth of her son, Asher. The excitement of welcoming her second child with her husband also came with a lot of pain. After multiple failed tests, Asher was diagnosed with mild hearing loss at just 7-months-old.

“That moment when you get the news is when you need help the most because you just don’t know what to do,” Knott said. “I had never been around anybody with hearing loss so I didn’t know who to go to, who to talk to what to do.”

At almost two now, he enjoys doing what any other kid does; he loves to play with toys, but he gets to do it, with what Diana calls, his superhero ears.

After the support of some friends and neighbors, Diana made it her mission to help other families going through the same situation.

“I was like, I cannot sit still and not do something for families. I can’t let another parent feel how I felt. I can’t,” Knott added.

Earlier this year, Diana started Asher’s Gift Box, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of empowering and supporting newly diagnosed children under the age of 3-years-old, who are hard of hearing, and their families.

“When you go through something hard in life, you think you’re the only person going through something hard,” Knott said.

Inside Asher’s Gift Box, you’ll find a children’s book with hard of hearing characters, an American sign language book, a stuffed animal with a hearing device, which Diana created herself, a t-shirt that says, “I have superhero ears,” and two pins that say “my child has superhero ears.” There’s also a 3D hand with the love sign and a personalized note.

“Something that will bring hope to other families is just what matters to me,” added Knott.

So far, with the help of donations, she’s sent more than a hundred boxes to families of children with hearing loss in ten states, Canada, and even overseas to the UK.

“I just wanted people to know, you’re not the only person walking through this journey,” Knott concluded. “You have other people walking with you.”

Diana runs her non-profit out of their family business, Embrace Wellness, in Middleton. She couldn’t put these kits together without the support of the community. There are several ways you can donate to the cause. Click here if you’d like to learn more on how you can help.