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  Friends for Life Falls Church 2018

October 19-21, 2018 • Fairview Park Marriott • Falls Church, Virginia

Pre-registration is closed.
Onsite registration begins on Friday, October 19.

Friends for Life conference are for kids ...

... and adults with type 1 diabetes (with bolus worthy desserts!)

Kerri shows us her green bracelet

Children with Diabetes presents Friends for Life® Falls Church 2018. Join our group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care and support. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch toddlers and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend Friends for Life?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Kids with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best buddies
  • Their parents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners and children
  • Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)


TrialNet will be on site on Saturday, October 20, to conduct screenings for siblings and other first degree relatives. We strongly encourage families to participate. Learn more at

Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference. Pricing information is online on our Registration Page. Note that pricing information is on a per person basis. Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations - please make sure that you do both. Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself. Registration includes:

  1. All sessions for adults and children ages 6-18, childcare for children ages 5 and under;
  2. Friday evening reception;
  3. Saturday breakfast, lunch, and morning/afternoon beverage and snack breaks;
  4. Sunday breakfast, lunch, and morning/afternoon beverage and snack breaks;
  5. One t-shirt per person registered.

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with CWD's most wonderful and caring professionals!

In addition, for elementary age kids, tweens, and teens, there will be special sessions just for you on Saturday and Sunday. One area in the conference center is for kids ages 6-8, one area is designated for kids ages 9-12, and a third area is designated for teens. These sessions are fun and activity based - they will not focus on 'just diabetes,' so they are fine for sisters, brothers, and friends to attend! Please note that a child must be in their specific age-group; no exceptions.

We offer childcare on Saturday and Sunday for children ages 0-5.

Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian registered for the conference and with them in the building during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children may not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

The Program

The program is designed to offer a variety of educational sessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Following sessions, late afternoon and into the evening, there will be free time. During some sessions, there will be a choice of speakers. The program will end late afternoon on Sunday.

The Conference Venue

The Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park is now accepting reservations for Friends for Life Falls Church 2018. Rooms are $109/night + tax. You may reserve a room by calling 703-849-9400 or by using Marriott's online reservation system.

Please make sure to state that you are with the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Falls Church 2018 conference. Subject to availability of group rate rooms, you may reserve guest rooms at these rates for three days prior to and following the conference. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m. Complimentary parking is available.

Note that there is a conference registration fee per family and that reserving a room does not register you for the conference. Rates vary according to the date of registration. Please refer to the Registration Page for details.

Cut off for hotel reservations within the CWD group is October 1, 2018.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations prior to September 8, 2018 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. Beginning September 9, 2018, no refunds are available.

For More Information

Contact Laura Billetdeaux for more information at or phone 734-353-9294 Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

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