Sunday, February 07, 2010

Losing One of Our Own

Marinda and I were so sad to hear about Jesse this week. Jesse and his mom Michelle have been huge advocates of diabetes research and awareness. They both worked tirelessly for the cause. Jesse, who was only 13 years old, died last week due to diabetic complications.

As parents of a diabetic child, this is the culmination of all our fears. Hope is one of the drivers that motivate us to find a cure, and the fear of complications and death is the other, more sinister motivating driver. Jesse's untimely passing reminds us all just how serious our daily fight is. The stakes are so very high. The pressure on us becomes even more heavy.

Jesse and his mom never gave up. Even with his death they continue valiantly raise diabetes awareness, by setting up a memorial fund for him. In life Jesse was a hero. In death he and his family continue to be a beacon for us all.

There are a number of ways you can help the family with donations or words of support:

Jesse Alswager Memorial Fund
c/o UW Credit Union
PO Box 44963
Madison, WI 53744-4963

Cards can be mailed to:
Michelle Alswager
3 Leland Circle
Madison, WI 53711

For more information:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessealswager/

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMGsh.

What happened to Jesse?

What "complications" took this young man...could his story help save another life?

How did this happen?

Me said...

It's very sad. The family gave details that they wnted to share publicly on the caring bridge sute ( http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessealswager/ )