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CWD families include grandparents, and at Friends for Life, we have a special Grandparents Track just for you. The Grandparents Faculty will lead you through two days of exploration and sharing. You'll learn the basics about your grandchild's diabetes, about pumps and meters and the latest in diabetes gadgets and gizmos. Your sessions are just for grandparents.


Bruce and Rachele Baccaro have a combined total of 94 years at IBM working in various capacities from engineer to graphic design management and from secretary to capital financial management and are grandparents to five. Their oldest grandchild, Kyle, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. Kyle's sister, Emily, 16, was dx'd in November 2012. Through Kyle and his mom, Julie, Bruce and Rachele were first introduced to CWD in 2006 and experienced FFL for the first time in 2007. They knew immediately that they wanted to be involved with FFL in some capacity, and were selected to be the 'lead Grandparents' for the first time at Friends for Life 2008. Bruce and Rachele now help lead the Grandparents Track at Friends for Life conferences. They reside in Newburgh, New York, close to their blended family of three children and five grandchildren.


Julie Baccaro is mom to Emily, age 16, and Kyle, age 18. Kyle was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 7, and he has been pumping since they returned from attending their first FFL Conference in 2006. Julie devotes considerable volunteer time as coordinator of a youth community outreach program and as coordinator of youth mission trips to Appalachia. She is also director of a youth run soup kitchen program and works with homeless families and youth at risk. In 2011, Julie assisted with the grandparent's program at FFL and provided significant one-on-one time with the alternate caregiver participants effectually providing a "generational link." Julie is employed by a major accounting firm in Manhattan, NY and resides in Newburgh, NY with Kyle and Emily.


Jen Block, MSN, RN, CDE, NP, has had type 1 diabetes for 15 years and works as a Research Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology. Jen also works as a consultant on the T1D Exchange Project. She very much enjoys participating in Friends for Life as Staff, and is looking forward to working in the Grandparents Program this summer!


Diana M. Naranjo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of California San Franciscoís Madison Center for Pediatric Diabetes. As a trained pediatric and adult psychologist working in behavioral medicine, Dr. Naranjo focuses on the psychosocial needs of patients and families with diabetes. Currently, she is working on developing a transition program within the Madison Center for adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes as they transition from pediatric to adult health care. Together with the team, she aims to understand barriers and facilitators to care, what developmental demands are important as adolescentís transition to adulthood, and how to best provide services that engage young adults and their families. Furthermore, as a Latino-American and fluent in Spanish, much of her clinical work focuses on bridging the health-care gap for underserved ethnic minority patients with type 1 diabetes.


Henry Rodriguez, MD, is a highly regarded pediatric diabetologist and collaborative type 1 diabetes clinical researcher who led the Indiana University (IU) DPT-1 Regional Recruitment Center and served as the highly successful IU TrialNet Clinical Centerís Clinical Director for 10 years. He joined the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2010 as a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Director of the USF Diabetes Center. He has led expansion of clinical, educational, and clinical research activities at USF including launch of the USF T1D Exchange Clinical Center, markedly increasing local TrialNet recruitment activities, and partnering with industry in investigating novel therapies in type 1 and pediatric type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rodriguez is the Protocol Chair for the NIH-funded TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Study and serves on numerous TrialNet committees. He is a member of the ADA National Board, Professional Practice Committee and the Research Grant Review Committee and has been a longstanding volunteer with JDRF and a staunch supporter of diabetes camps. He has also been the member of working groups addressing insulin pump therapy in children and the transition of young adults from pediatric to adult diabetes care providers. His clinical and research foci are the improvement of lives impacted by diabetes while pursing prevention and a cure.


Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE, is a CWD mom and CDE who has worked tirelessly for the last 20 years with thousands of families who have children with type 1 diabetes. She has served as coordinator of the PADRE Foundation's Fashion Show, Golf Tournament, Teen Surf and Snowboard Camps and Family Social events. She has developed education and support programs for kids with diabetes and their families. Heather instituted an emergency kit program for all newly diagnosed children at Children's Hospital Orange County when her daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age three in 1990. Heather joined the CWD Ask the Diabetes Team in 1996. She lives with her husband Steve in Newport Beach, California and continues to work with children and families at CHOC. At Friends for Life, Heather is part of the Grandparents' Faculty.

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