Michael Alter - The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center

Michael Alter

Michael Alter, President and CEO of SurePayroll and current President of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Illinois Chapter is a leader for all living with diabetes and an incredible fundraiser for Type 1 Diabetes research.

Living with diabetes since the age of 23, Alter receives care from Dr. Lou Philipson at the Kovler Diabetes Center. Alter appreciates Dr. Philipson’s progressive style of care.

“Becoming Dr. Philipson’s patient changed my world living with diabetes. At Kovler, one of the biggest advantages is being part of an institution where all the latest technology and advances are at your fingertips.” said Michael Alter. “ I love the entire team at Kovler including Lou and educator Amy Hess-Fischl because I genuinely know how much they care, and they are always accessible and engaged.”

Alter now uses advanced technology to manage his diabetes including a tubeless pump and continuous glucose monitor. He is looking forward to what the future of research and technology holds.

Four years ago, Alter became involved in JDRF through encouragement from the late Jim Tyree. Michael’s involvement quickly grew from his volunteerism with Fund-A-Cure at the annual JDRF Gala to now serving as the Illinois Chapter Board President.

Michael Alter and his family

“I am energized to help fundraise for research to make it easier to manage and live with diabetes,” said Michael Alter. “JDRF has a clear road map, including research on the Artificial Pancreas and encapsulation therapies. I will continue work to fundraise for critical research until there is a cure for diabetes.”

JDRF is a longtime supporter of the research efforts at the University of Chicago, funding research efforts throughout the last decade, including genetics and diabetes research.

Asked what he would tell a newly diagnosed patient with diabetes, Alter noted. “Being diagnosed with diabetes is not the end of the world, I have never let it stop me from doing anything, including trekking through jungles in Indonesia.”

Alter’s leadership in fundraising is sure to help pave the way to exciting new discoveries in the future.