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  Friends for Life Conference and Expo
June 29 – July 4, 2010
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida

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Meet inspirational adults with type 1 -- here, race car driver Charlie Kimball from FFL 2009

Teen's have their own programming, including a day at a park and ...

... the Friday Evening Teen Dance

CWD kids show their feelings in their hands -- "Believe" and "Strength"

Learn about the latest in diabetes care products in the Exhibit Hall

Grandparents learn in "hands on" sessions

See the Quilt for Life

Friends for Life is for the whole family


I have never seen my teen so happy, although I only saw him five minutes before bed and five minutes for a few minutes after waking....he said mom I see you everyday, but these guys are my friends for life!
Robyn, FFL 2009
Incredible! It does not matter how long you have been diagnosed, I learn more and more each time I go; even when I think I know what I need to be to successful in supporting Rachel; I always learn more, and better ways to help her. I wish everyone could make the trip!
Alisa, FFL 2009

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes presents our 11th annual family conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend the 2010 Event?

  • 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
  • Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Tuesday, June 29:
    Informal getting-to-know-you by the CWD cabana at the pool; registration opens 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 30:
    Focus groups all day (preregistration for the groups is required); Sports Central open for pick-up basketball and volleyball; First Timers Reception; Teen Reception; Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall at 6:00 p.m., including the Quilt for Life; registration open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 1:
    Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents track); Family and Friends Banquet; Sports Central; exhibit hall and Quilt for Life
  • Friday, July 2:
    Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents track); Teens offsite at Disney's Epcot; Teen Dinner Dance; Young Adult Dinner; Tween Karaoke Social; Dessert and Posters with the Faculty; Sports Central; exhibit hall closes early afternoon
  • Saturday, July 3:
    On your own to visit theme parks, stay by the pool, or visit the Marriott World Center spa! CWD Open House with dessert, coffee, and cash bar from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 4:
    Farewell Breakfast
Pump Trials, Sensor Trials, Screenings & Studies

Insulin Pump Trials

Come to the conference and try a pump or continuous sensor. Pump companies Animas, Disetronic, Insulet, and Medtronic Diabetes offer would-be pumpers a chance to try their products using saline. And if you already use a pump, here's a chance to try out a new one. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline." If you plan to try more than one pump, be sure to bring a prescription for each.

This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information, contact:

  • Animas
    Val Trego at 484-568-1225 or
  • Disetronic Medical Systems Inc/Roche Diagnostics
    Sharilyn DeCrastos at 317-521-0268 or
  • Medtronic Diabetes
    Amanda Porter at 818-576-5687 or
  • OmniPod Insulin Management System
    Pat Henderson at 781-357-4590 or

Continuous Sensor Trials

You can try a continuous glucose monitor from Medtronic. If you would like to wear only the continuous glucose monitoring device, a prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "continuous glucose monitoring evaluation."

If you would like to wear the insulin pump integrated with continuous glucose monitoring, a prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording, "insulin pump with saline and continuous glucose monitoring evaluation." CGM trials are limited to adults and kids aged 7 or older.

  • Medtronic Diabetes
    Amanda Porter at 818-576-5687 or

TrialNet Screening

A TrialNet team will be on site performing screenings beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Friday in Toluca B, outside the Veracruz Ballroom (the exhibit hall). Sign up sheets will be at registration.

Retinal Screening

Once again this year, a team of eye care specialists from the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science from the New Jersey Medical School will be on site performing free retinal screenings to kids and adults with type 1 diabetes, beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Friday. Please use the Online Retinal Screening Signup Form to request the time slot that works best for you.

The Conference Venue and Reservations

The Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the largest Marriott properties in the world. This venue, convenient to the Walt Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks, offers plenty of convention meeting space for Friends for Life as well as tremendous vacation and recreational opportunities for families who wish to 'stay and play' for a few days before or after the conference. The resort boasts six swimming pools and a 106' water slide at the main pool. There are outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts as well as tennis courts. The Orlando World Center Resort Spa offers a wide variety of treatments and services as well as a quiet spa pool; it is adjacent to the state of the art fitness center. For those who enjoy golf, the Hawks Landing Golf Club is right on site.

The Marriott World Center's luxurious hotel rooms include 2 double beds or a king bed (some rooms have pull-out sofas), high speed internet (fee for service), mini-bar, coffee maker, and cable with pay per view movies. There are several restaurants on site as well as a Pavilion Pool Bar which is open for lunch and dinner. There is also a Starbucks in the lobby.

Room rates are $149 + tax. This rate is available from June 27, 2010 to July 9, 2010 for those families who might want to extend their vacation.

Larger Suites may be reserved for hospitality events or entertaining, subject to availability. Suites are also available for larger families, again subject to availability. There are different types of suites and they have different prices; please contact the hotel directly for availability and pricing.

For housing reservations, call Marriott reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 800-621-0638 or use the Marriott's Online Reservation System. Be sure to say you are with the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference. The Children with Diabetes room block is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that you are only in the CWD room block – and only have the perks of being in the room block - if you make reservations through these phone numbers or website.

Also, please note that this year's conference backs up to both the busy July 4 holiday weekend and the American Diabetes Association annual Scientific Sessions conference, which is a city-wide event the weekend prior to Friends for Life. The Marriott World Center Resort will be quite crowded and will likely sell out for both weekends. If you plan to vacation for a few days around the conference, please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Disney Savings

Specially priced
Disney Meeting/Convention
Theme Park tickets

Download PDF or order online.

The Program

The adult program is designed to run 4-6 sessions simultaneously during Thursday and Friday. Please refer to the schedule for details (this will be available in January). There will also be two-day programming for school-age children (ages 6-9), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). Full-day childcare is available for children under age 6, by pre-registration only. This includes activities at the Kindergarten level, Pre-K level, and 'toddler and younger' level. Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

Youth Program Note

Please note that all children must be with their appropriate age group during sessions. The elementary program is for children ages 6-9; the tween program is for children ages 10-12, and the teen program is for ages 13-18. There is no 'skipping up' or 'skipping down.' This is per our insurance guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation prior to June 1, 2010, a full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be provided. After June 1, 2010, no refunds will be offered. Hotel room cancellation is subject to the rules of the resort.

For more conference information, contact:

  • Mike Schurig at 407-859-9630 or or
  • Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 or
Please phone during regular business hours (eastern time), as these are home offices.

  Friends for Life 2010 Conference and Expo  
  Introduction - Program Overview - Exhibitors - Sponsors  
  Faculty - Youth Faculty - Grandparents Faculty - CWD Staff  
  Schedule: Parents & Adults - Youth - Focus Groups - Focus Groups Signup  
  Registration - FAQs  
  FFL Reports from 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001  

Special Guest
Will Cross

Will Cross
Will Cross, the first American and first person with diabetes to climb the highest peak on each continent and trek to the North and South Poles, will be a VIP Speaker at CWD's 2010 Friends for Life conference.

Special Guest
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, MA, MPH, Miss America 1999, is an international diabetes advocate. She travels extensively promoting awareness, prevention, and intensive management of the condition she has shared for over sixteen years.

Special Guest
Jay Hewitt

Jay Hewitt
Elite Ironman Triathlete and three-time member of the US National Team, Jay Hewitt will be a VIP Speaker at the Friends for Life conference.

Special Guest
Kris Freeman

In September 2000 during team testing with the United States Ski Team, something happened that changed Kris Freeman's life forever. His blood tests came back positive with type 1 diabetes.

Special Guest
Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball, diagnosed in 2007, is a successful race car driver forging a career in the highly competitive world of open wheel racing. You can meet Charlie on Wednesday during a morning reception and during the Grand Opening Reception at the Novo Nordisk booth that night.

Special Guest
Jen Alexander

Jen Alexander, the 2008 Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association's "Athlete of the Year," will work in Sports Central.

Special Guest
Lucy Walczak

Lucy Walczak, a world-class sculler from the UK, joins the Sports Central staff for her first Orlando Friends for Life.

Special Guest
Dan Hurley

Dan Hurley, author of Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, And What To Do About It, will meet with CWD families at the Diamyd booth.

Special Guest
Jackson the Dog

Jackson, an English Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with diabetes at just two months of age. He is now three years old, living with his family in Illinois. He loves playing in the yard, going for walks, and good luck trying to find him without a toy in his mouth!

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