Our family has experienced a tragic loss and our hearts are broken. On September 18th, Nate was killed by a drunk driver near campus at Indiana University. He was 20 years old and the light of all of our lives. Words can’t express what it is like to lose a brother and son who was this young and had so much potential. We are devastated for ourselves, our extended family and all of Nate’s friends who loved him so much.
A large and important part of Nate's life was the fact that he was a Type 1 Diabetic. Nate was diagnosed at 16 years old, and while it was a difficult and life changing experience, he embraced the management of this disease and within 2 months of his diagnosis he was back to training with his ski team and traveling to Europe. Nate never let his diabetes stop him from doing anything. He was hopeful that during his lifetime there would be an advancement in care or even a cure for Type 1. Unfortunately that is no longer reality, but in lieu of any donations to a memorial for Nate, we encourage everyone to donate to T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) research as that is what he would have wanted. Nate also volunteered with the MN chapter of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) directly and was an advocate for finding a cure. The Stratton family will match donations up to $10,000.
Nate, we love you so much and that never stops. We are committed to living the rest of our lives in your name and for your legacy. Hopefully this can make a small impact that Nate would have been proud of.