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Monday was move-in day for the Registration and Sports Central areas. The CWD Road Crew – about 30 in all - met for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Solaris, stocked up on coffee and some great breakfast food, and off we went to move six storage units of equipment and materials – via U-Haul – to the Marriott World Center Convention area! Lots of conferences hire professional movers to set up their event. Not us! We move every single program, green wristband, basketball hoop, and t-shirt by hand. It's our conference, and we take ownership from the get-go!

Ok. It was hot. Record hot. Oppressively hot. Thank goodness for the air conditioned storage units and trucks, and thank goodness for many hands that made quick work. We were pretty well done with the 'moving' part by lunch. Next came the set-up. Julia Mattingly, Jo Stroud, Tracey Smith, Betty Parker, Betty Smith, Mike Bassett, Brenda Hitchcock, Scott Kyllo, and Heather Kyllo took charge of the Registration area, while the Sports Central/CWDecathlon crew, led by Jimmy and Liz Dodson, Harold Sanco, Mike Welsh, and Carolyn Billetdeaux got to work in Cypress 1.

Tuesday ... the opening of Registration, Sports Central, and the Retinal screenings.

Dr. Ben Szirth and his team began their four-day schedule of retinal screenings for those with type 1 at Friends for Life. Their days were extremely busy, with appointments back to back every 10 minutes Tuesday through Friday. This year, Dr. Ben's team screened more children, teens, and adults with type 1 than in any prior conference. He again noted that the retinal health of the FFL participants was extremely good, and that this reflected their rigorous level of diabetes management.

Sports Central and the CWDecathlon were ready for action at noon on Tuesday. While it took a few hours for the kids and adults to discover this area, once they did, it was packed! Thank you to Novo Nordisk for sponsoring Sports Central for the 9th year in a row!

The CWD Teen Driving Clinic, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, was back again, with one addition -- Charlie Kimball! After sharing his story during the brief morning classroom part of the clinic, Charlie joined the teens and parents for the fun part -- driving. Under the reassuring and watchful eyes of the instructors, teens learned critical car control skills that should help them in their driving experiences. And Charlie showed his automotive mastery by leading the way in several of the exercises.


Dr. Ben's team from the New Jersey School of Medicine returned to FFL for free retinal screening
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Charlie Kimball posed with the CWD Teen Driving Clinic class
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