Jesse Parker, a 17-year-old Tomah High School student was an athlete and had dreams of service to social causes. Jesse's life and dreams were cut short when he was tragically killed in a car crash on his way home from a family vacation on July 4, 2009.

During his life, Jesse impacted many others through his compassion, support for social causes, and protection of those in need. He planned a life of service as an engineer, providing clean water through the Peace Corps.

Jesse's family and community worked to bring Jesse's dreams to reality and created a "Ripple of Hope" providing many types of support to individuals, charities and organizations locally and internationally. The 5th annual Remembering Jesse Parker run was held on Saturday, June 28.

News 8 Anchor Mike Thompson and Photojournalist Travis Kobs traveled to Busolo, Uganda to highlight the impact of Jesse's legacy and what his family and community have created. The hour-long special aired on Monday, August 11. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m. on WKBT and on Sunday, August 24 at 9 p.m. on MyNetworkTV.

You can also check out special coverage at: And follow #TearstoWater on Twitter.

PHOTOS: Tears to Water - Trip to Uganda

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:44:57 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 14 2014 08:37:04 AM CDT

In June, News 8's Mike Thompson and Travis Kobs traveled to Busolo, Uganda with family and friends of Jesse Parker to help fulfill his dream of social causes.

Jesse's life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a car crash in 2009, but his dream of bringing clean water to those in need lives on.

The hour-long "Tears to Water" special originally aried on Monday, August 11, 2014. Read more about the special and watch it online.

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Getting a tour of the slums in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.