Judith Jones Ambrosini has lived under the influence of type 1 diabetes since 1962. She claims that diabetes has guided her down many winding roads and pathways that have led to becoming a professional chef and caterer, a distance walker (her first marathon was in Denmark 2005 and a 32-mile walk around the rim of Manhattan Island every spring are some highlights), and a dedicated proponent and practitioner of daily exercise including dance and tai chi. Judith is also an author and diabetes journalist. Her book, The Sisterhood of Diabetes: Facing Challenges & Living Dreams, can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Garrett Cope, FF/EMT-Paramedic, has been attending CWD conferences since 2003 along with his younger sister, Hunter Cope, who has had type 1 diabetes for 13 years. Garrett is a Firefighter Paramedic with Flagler County Fire Rescue in Florida. He graduated from Miami Dade College, where he earned an A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Services. This will be Garrett's fourth 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. Over the years, he has been actively involved with CWD, Adventures for the Cure, Mountains for Active Diabetics, IDEA 2000, Insulindependence, Hope on 2 Wheels, JDRF Ride to Cure, and has experiences as a guide, coach, and fitness instructor. Professionally, Jimmy is the Piedmont region biologist for NC State Parks & Recreation with duties as a certified wildlife biologist, registered forester, and wildland firefighter.
Liz Dodson loves running, lifting, sweating, and playing outside. Since becoming a part of the type 1 family eight years ago through her husband Jimmy, she has made exercise and activity a habit in her life, and is constantly inspired by her amazing diabetes family. She has completed a few half marathons, obstacle races, one triathlon, and charity cycling events. She is excited about actively working with all of the families at this year's Friends for Life!
Gavin Griffiths was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight on the turn of the Millennium in 2000, where he was informed that his dreams in sports would be affected. Now Gavin is recognized across global diabetes communities for being 'The DiAthlete' - an ultra-endurance athlete taking on the extreme to show any dream is still possible whilst living with diabetes.
Betsy King, RN, BSN, MEd, has over 30 years nursing experience since graduating from Villanova University. For the past 18 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 two 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 Friends for Life 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 14th year at the Friends for Life Orlando conference.
Philadelphia native Jaime Molyneux is celebrating nine 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 five 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 Orlando conference.
Colton Myers was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in January 2013. He is a paramedic student at Illinois Central College and is a NREMT at Washington Fire Department. Orlando 2015 was Colton's first FFL conference. He states that, "I loved FFL so much I figured I would help make it happen in 2016." Colton is looking forward to working with all of the kids, families, and T1 adults in Sports Central.
Brianna Peach is 20 years old and is the big sister of Hannah Peach, 16, who has had type 1 diabetes since 2004. She has attended Friends for Life Orlando since 2005 and has never missed a conference! Brianna is a sophomore at Tennessee Tech University studying to become a physical therapist. This is her first year of being on staff and she is very grateful for this opportunity. She loves all of her friends here at FFL and has really made friends for life.
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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