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The CWD Friends for Life conference returned to Falls Church, Virginia - a beautiful October weekend spent with several hundred FFLs old and new. The Fairview Park Marriott continued to be a wonderful home base for the event, with plenty of meeting space, lots of room for the kids’ activities, excellent food and beverage, and close proximity to the DC area for those who wished to add a bit of sight-seeing to their weekend agenda. The conference kicked off on Friday evening with a real surprise as Mayor David Tarter – a CWD dad himself – pronounced October 6 as “Children with Diabetes Day in Falls Church, Virginia.”

Many thanks to our wonderful presenters and discussion facilitators - your expertise is unmatched, and you have a real talent for helping families and individuals with type 1 understand the most challenging concepts. The conference featured two keynote presenters, Jay Hewitt and Ed Damiano, as well as a full schedule of breakout presentations including a two-day track for T1 adults. We also continued to offer a full day of advocacy sessions on Saturday, as well as Grandparents sessions on Sunday.

To the Youth Program leaders and staff - thank you for your enthusiasm, energy, and talent. Your commitment is appreciated by all. The kids had such a great time and learned so much!

To our wonderful sponsors: Tandem Diabetes Care Dexcom, Inc., Lilly Diabetes, Animas, Insulet, Novo Nordisk, Beta Bionics, Inc., JDRF, and the American Diabetes Association -- thanks for continuing to believe in CWD and for supporting our mission to reach ever more families with life-changing conferences. You make a difference.

Chef David Nvodjo, Jo Stroud, Kristen Seiz, and Kathryn Hitchcock – thanks for all of your hard work with the food and beverage, including all of the carb counts, portion sizes, and attention to food allergies. Everything was so delicious. Well done.

FFL Support team – thanks for keeping everything at registration and in sessions running smoothly! Rich and Carolyn Meredith – thanks for making that very long drive with all of our AV equipment!

To everyone else behind the scenes - you work so tirelessly, with the goal of a seamless conference. Most people don't know how much elbow grease goes into a weekend event. And that's the beauty of it. You have our most humble thanks. Hope to see everyone next year, October 19-21, 2018!

And with that, the weekend in photos ...

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