Wednesday included a real mix of sessions and activities throughout the day, as well as staff training and continued exhibit hall set-up. Retinal, celiac, and TrialNet screenings continued, Sports Central was busy with kids of all ages, and MasterLab finished up their pre-FFL program. Many of our sponsors elected to hold focus groups, which varied from small discussion groups on a particular topic to more targeted presentations and training. Many thanks to Lilly Diabetes, Dexcom, Inc., Insulet Corporation, Livongo, and TypeZero Technologies for leading these focus groups, and to the many presenters and discussion facilitators throughout the day.
The Teen group began their program in the afternoon with icebreakers and Sports Central time. This was a great opportunity for the teens to meet each other, make friends, and get comfortable in the group before Thursday’s busy schedule.
Also on Wednesday, we featured two new areas in the CWD Arts Program. Elizabeth Stein and her team from Dancing for Diabetes worked with children interested in dance and movement. They learned short dance routines which they performed for their parents at the end of each session. In the afternoon, Ben Stroud and Tom Karlya, both in the entertainment/film industry, led a session featuring short documentaries submitted prior to the conference by kids with type 1 diabetes. The session was somewhat of a mini Academy Awards, with the audience submitting votes for the 5 documentaries which would be featured at the Family and Friends Banquet. The Wednesday art sessions were tremendously successful. Watch for more of this next year!
The Quilt for Life – now in its 13th year – once again was set up in the exhibit hall under the watchful eyes of Peter Megaw and Ashley Head. Their team of 15 volunteers hung the quilt squares with great care and attention, and the display was ready for Wednesday evening. The Quilt for Life now numbers 754 squares (and it's not too late to make one)!
The Grandparents Program opened on Wednesday with a series of hands-on workshops designed to familiarize grandparents and others with devices such as blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, and continuous blood glucose monitors. There was also a station where participants could learn about and practice giving glucagon in an emergency. Many thanks to Heather Speer and her staff for the excellent and well-attended learning opportunities!
The First Timers Reception late Wednesday afternoon was an opportunity for First Time attendees – adults and kids - to learn about CWD, meet some of the CWD leaders, and get tips on ‘how to do the conference.’ Many thanks to Medtronic for sponsoring this gathering, and to the faculty and staff who made all of the first timers feel so very welcome.
By 5:30 p.m., a crowd was gathered outside the Exhibit Hall in excited anticipation of all the information, goodies, and cool people inside. At 6:00, FFL and Special Guest Will Cross cut the ribbon, officially opening the Exhibit Hall. Within a few minutes, about 2,000 people passed through the grand entrance archway and into the huge exhibit hall. This allowed Disney cast members to bring the evening’s buffets into the Porte Cochere area. The feast – complete with carb counts and portion sizes – was underway!
Grandparents' programming began on Wednesday
Will Cross spoke at the Grand Opening of the Exhibition Hall
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