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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS:
It has come to our attention that a number of independent organizations have contacted the exhibitors for the upcoming Friends For Life conference implying that they are working with, or have been contracted by, Children With Diabetes to provide travel assistance. This is not the case. The only organization that is authorized by Children With Diabetes to book your hotel room is the Orlando World Center Marriott. We strongly suggest that you ignore any solicitation from an outside party about Friends for Life. If you have any questions about anybody offering travel assistance, please contact us immediately for clarification.
Registration for the 2016 Conference, Housing, and Childcare
- Conference Registration
Conference Registration Includes:
- All sessions and session materials for adults and children
- Childcare for children age 5 and under
- Wednesday Grand Opening Reception (6:00 p.m.)
- Wednesday First Timers Reception (late afternoon)
- Thursday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
- Thursday Family and Friends Banquet
- Friday lunch and snack breaks
- Friday Off Site Day for teens
- Saturday events
- Sunday Farewell Breakfast
- All of the various receptions/socials (Teen Dance, Tween Social, Dessert with the Faculty)
- One t-shirt per registered person
Cancellations prior to June 1, 2016 will be refunded minus a $50 per-person processing fee. After June 1, 2016, no refunds are available.
Registration Dates and Pricing:
Children up to age 5 at the time of the conference are $50. For everyone age 6 or over at the time of the conference, the price is:
- $140 until December 31, 2015
- $150 until June 30, 2016
- $175 on site registration beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Online registration is now closed. On-site registration begins at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 6, 2015.
- Conference Scholarships
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation offers scholarships for families and young adults to attend CWD's Friends for Life conference. Information about scholarships will be online in early 2016. For more information, please contact the Diabetes Scholars Foundation. Do not contact Children with Diabetes -- we do not run their scholarship program.
- Housing Registration
The Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the largest Marriott properties in the world. This venue, convenient to the Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios theme parks, offers plenty of convention meeting space for Friends for Life as well as tremendous vacation and recreational opportunities for families who wish to 'stay and play' for a few days before or after the conference. The resort boasts six swimming pools and three water slides at the main pool area. There are outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts as well as tennis courts. The Orlando World Center Resort Spa offers a wide variety of treatments and services as well as a quiet spa pool; it is adjacent to the state of the art fitness center. For those who enjoy golf, the Hawks Landing Golf Club is right on site.
The Marriott World Center's luxurious hotel rooms include 2 double beds or a king bed (some rooms have pull-out sofas), high speed internet (fee for service), mini-bar, coffee maker, and cable with pay per view movies. There are several restaurants on site as well as a newly-renovated Pool Bar which is open for lunch and dinner. There is also a newly-renovated Starbucks in the lobby.
Room rates are $169 + tax. This rate is available 3 days before and after the conference for those families who might want to extend their vacation. Self-parking is $18/day, with a 50% discount if you are in the room block.
Larger Suites may be reserved for hospitality events or entertaining, subject to availability. Suites are also available for larger families, again subject to availability. There are different types of suites and they have different prices; please contact the hotel directly for availability and pricing.
The cut-off date for reservations in the room block is June 13, or when the room block is sold out.
For housing reservations, call Marriott reservations directly at (888) 789-3090 or use Marriott's Online Reservation System. If you are calling, be sure to say you are with the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference. The Children with Diabetes room block is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that you are only in the CWD room block – and only have the perks of being in the room block - if you make reservations through these phone numbers or website.
Also, please note that this year's conference follows the busy July 4 holiday weekend. The resort will be quite crowded and will likely sell out early. If you plan to vacation for a few days prior to or after the conference, please make your reservations as soon as possible.
- Ground Transportation
Mears Transportation operates a shuttle service from MCO to the Marriott World Center. You can book transportation online at https://secure.mearstransportation.com/Shuttles/Default.aspx. You can download the Mears discount coupon to save money on their shuttle. The Mears Shuttle is much less expensive than taxis.
- Childcare Registration
Childcare is limited to the first 100 children. You must fill out the registration form (Word or PDF format) and return it according to the instructions in the form. Childcare Registrations will be accepted only after you have registered for the conference.
Childcare Registration in Word format
Childcare Registration in PDF format
- Childcare Medical Information Sheet
The Childcare Medical Information Sheet is required for every child in child care with type 1 diabetes and is due by June 7, 2016.
Childcare Medical Information Sheet in Word format
Childcare Medical Information Sheet in PDF format
- Conference Waiver
Every family must sign a waiver that covers all family members attending the conference. The waiver is included within your registration packet.
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