Garrett Cope, EMT-Paramedic, is 23 and has recently completed the Tallahassee Fire Academy. He is now looking to pursue a career in Fire Rescue. Garrett also graduated from Miami Dade College where he became a certified Paramedic and earned an A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services. His younger sister, Hunter Cope, has had type 1 diabetes for 12 years, and together they have been attending CWD conferences since 2003. This will be Garrett's third year volunteering as Sports Central staff.
Someone once asked Mike Singletary, former NFL Chicago Bears linebacker, what his favorite part of the game was. He answered, “The opportunity to play.” Since his diagnosis in 1995, Jimmy Dodson has expanded his classic athletic background into various areas of endurance and adventures sports for both the physical and mental challenges, as well as to demonstrate that diabetes is merely a factor that can be managed. Whether it is ice climbing, racing mountain bikes, running the Goofy Challenge, or playing a pick-up game, there aren't many things he has not tried. He is a Hope on 2 Wheels & Adventures for the Cure team member, as well as being active with JDRF. Professionally, Jimmy is a certified wildlife biologist and registered forester, and works as the Piedmont region biologist for NC State Parks & Recreation.
Liz Dodson loves running, sweating, and especially playing with everyone in Sports Central. Since becoming a part of the type 1 family five years ago through her husband Jimmy, she has been involved with her local chapter of JDRF, and has built an amazing diabetes family. She is excited about actively working with all of the families at this year’s Friends for Life!
Betsy King, RN, BSN, MEd, has over 30 years nursing experience since graduating from Villanova University. For the past 17 years of her career, she has worked as a certified school nurse for the Penn-Delco School District. She has additionally specialized in the areas of critical care nursing, working in the ER and Coronary Care Unit. Betsy is the Red Cross certified CPR/AED/First Aid trainer for the school district training faculty and support staff. She is an advocate for students with diabetes, and facilitates children through the school years as normal children who "happen to have diabetes." Her interest in healthy lifestyle and nutrition has always been important to her. Betsy is married to an athlete with type 1, Bill King; they have 2 children Megan and Billy. They enjoy an active lifestyle of going to the gym and running together. Betsy attends many diabetes programs, camps, and conferences, focusing on diabetes technology, research, advanced pumping, and intensive management. You may remember Betsy from previous years attending Children with Diabetes Conferences, and she is thrilled to be back.
Bill King grew up in a family of distance runners and became an elite marathon runner in his early twenties. He was diagnosed with type 1 in 1984 while training for his 4th marathon, working two jobs, attending college and dating. Bill continued competitive running, however concentrated on shorter distances. In 1988, he was entered the largest diabetes study ever conducted on type 1 diabetes, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT), and the results helped changed the protocol of diabetes intensive care for all people. Bill, like over 90% of the participants, is still being followed in the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC). Bill began wearing an insulin pump in 1996 and as a result of better glucose management was able to train for and complete his 1st marathon with diabetes just a few months later. He ran fast enough to qualify for the Boston marathon, which he ran wearing a blood glucose meter on his wrist. He has gone on to complete 18 marathons since he began wearing an insulin pump and has been a coach and advocate for exercise with diabetes ever since. "Everyone has an athlete inside; don't let diabetes stand in your way!" Bill currently consults with several diabetes technology companies and is working as Director, Patient and Community Relations for Achieving Better Control, Inc., a diabetes self-management education company. This is Bill's 13th year at the FFL conference.
Teresa Littlefield, BSN, RN, is mom to Katelyn, diagnosed at age 9, and her sister Jessica. She has been attending FFL conferences since 2006. She started out as a participant, then as a volunteer for many years and became a member of staff in 2013. She currently works in the birth center at her local hospital, but also volunteers to work with patients with diabetes in her local community as well as online as part of the Online Diabetes Support Team of JDRF. She is currently pursuing her master's degree with plans to earn her CDE. Friends for Life offers a lot of support for parents, too, and she is super excited to be back again this year!
Tayler Michaelson from Toronto, Canada, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10 years old. He currently attends Ryerson University in downtown Toronto for Humanities and Social Science, and next year he will start to earn his Bachelors in Arts and Contemporary Science. Tayler spends the majority of his time on the volleyball court, where he plays, coaches, and runs recreational volleyball leagues; he is also a Volleyball Canada official. Tayler has done talks with Ontario Power Generation and other companies advocating for type 1, and he has worked as well with Animas Canada.
Philadelphia native Jaime Molyneux is celebrating eight years of living healthy with type 1 diabetes. She was diagnosed at the age of 28, just two months after running the Boston Marathon. Post-diagnosis she has completed 5 more marathons and continues to live an active lifestyle. Jaime manages her diabetes using an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. She works at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of International Risk Management. She is also a certified Zumba® instructor and has been teaching group fitness since 2009.
Ro Molyneux recently retired after a 33 year career working with the YMCA. She is passionate about healthy living, community outreach and volunteerism. Ro has stayed active her whole life as a marathon runner, triathlete and aerobics instructor. She enjoys lifting and cycling. Ro's commitment to fitness has greatly impacted her daughter's ability to manage type 1 diabetes with exercise. She looks forward to volunteering in Sports Central and can't wait to see all of the smiling faces again this year at the Friends for Life conference.
Harold Sanco, CPT, is a former National Aerobic Champion and two time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition. He has been voted Washington, DC’s “Best Instructor” by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. With more than 20 years of experience in youth physical education and coaching, he is an internationally acclaimed instructor and trainer who teaches across the United States, Canada and 15 countries for some of the top fitness conferences in the world. His popular “Urban Funk” class has been featured in People, Allure and W magazines. He is AFAA certified and a Master Trainer for Lebert Training Systems. Currently he serves as the Director of Group Fitness for the award-winning Results Gym in Washington, DC and the Director of Fitness for two National Youth groups “Children with Diabetes” and “Workout4Kids.”
Ben Tzeel is a certified strength and conditioning specialist who is currently working towards obtaining a PhD at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. His research entirely focuses on type 1 diabetes. He has been living with diabetes since 1999, and this will be his eighth CWD conference. Committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Ben can't wait to share his experiences managing athletics and diabetes with others!
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