On February 3rd, 2010, at age 13, my son Jesse Alswager passed away due to complications with type 1 diabetes. He was a light in our eyes as being strong in the face of a chronic illness. Known as "everyone's little brother" he loved guitar, drums and snowboarding. Diabetes is a horrible disease that attacks under the best of care--I've spent the past 10 years fighting for Jesse and a cure, and rest assured his passing is just the beginning. Click here to donate to the Jesse Alswager Memorial Fund.
Jesse and family did the first Team Alswager Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF on his 4th birthday. The family and friends team raised $22K the first year and continued with the Walk to Cure for years to come.
Jesse and Michelle joined the JDRF Children Congress in Washington DC alongside 200 children from throughout the world with type 1 diabetes to raise more government funding for diabetes research. Jesse participated in a senate hearing with the children and Mary Tyler Moore, the International Chairperson of JDRF.
Through the years Jesse has gone to DC and local offices to meet with Senators Feingold and Kohl to keep diabetes research and stem cell research at the forefront. He has visited with Rep. Tammy Baldwin on dozens of occasions and participated in several of Governor Doyle’s press conferences on the Discovery Institute.
January 17, 2006
Jesse was the subject of Governor Doyle’s State of the State Address for his advocacy for stem cell research advocating for his own cure.
Jesse and his close friend, Aaron Liebe (also diagnosed age 3) have been the junior Ambassadors for Thunder Run – a benefit by the Capitol City Harley Davidson each year – for the last 5 years to raise money for diabetes. He was to ride with his dad on 7/10/10.
In 2008 the documentary Triabetes was created – a team of 12 type 1 athletes who embarked on Ironman 2008 – by his mother in his honor – to prove to the world that people with diabetes can do anything they aspire to do.
In addition to his inspiration in the diabetes world at the age of 13 he was called “everyone’s little brother” by his friends and siblings friends. Jesse was a light in all of our eyes as being strong in the face of a chronic illness. He loved playing guitar and drums – and of course snowboarding with his best buddie, Sean Busby – professional snowboard with type 1 diabetes.
I would want people to know that diabetes is a horrible disease that sneaks up and attacks under the best of care.
The Jesse Alswager Memorial Fund has been set up at UW Credit Union. In lieu of any flowers or gifts, we'd appreciate any donation to Jesse's fund. Any UW Credit Union branch will be able to accept donations. Or, please mail donations to:
Jesse Alswager Memorial Fund
c/o UW Credit Union
PO Box 44963
Madison, WI 53744-4963