Jesse Alswager's Fight for Diabetes

Jesse Michelle Page-Alswager's son, Jesse, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. Three weeks shy of living with diabetes for ten years, Jesse died unexpectedly at the age of 13 from the disease. Jesse was a type 1 diabetes advocate–he inspired a snowboarding camp for other kids with type 1 diabetes, and his advocacy brought him to Washington, D.C. to speak before Congress. He was honored for his stem cell research advocacy by Governor Doyle during a State of the State Address.

Michelle now carries her son's torch. She wants people to know that diabetes is a horrible disease that sneaks up and attacks, even under the best of care.

Look out for Michelle's first Viewpoints column later this month, right here on Get the dBrief newsletter, and be the first to know when Michelle's column is available!

Check out Michelle's other websites that help fight for a cure:

Donate to the Jesse Alswager Memorial Fund here, which can also be accessed through Jesse's Memorial Website. It has been set up at UW Credit Union and any branch accepts donations. The family would appreciate any donations to Jesse's fund. You can also mail donations to:

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

Jesse2Michelle's Death Valley fundraising ride
Michelle will be biking in the Ride to Cure Diabetes in Tahoe, along with hundreds of other Riders across the country, as they try to reach their goal of raising $4.5 million.


Triabetes is the world's largest triathlon club for people with diabetes, serving youth with diabetes through the Triabuddies program. Since 2007, Triabetes club members have trained together and competed in hundreds of triathlon events from coast to coast, demonstrating that you're never too old or young to "Give it a Shot."



A tribute to the life of Jesse Alswager who lived his life and inspired everyone to kick back and have some fun. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Last Modified Date: July 15, 2013

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