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Orange Team (Siblings Faculty)

The Orange Team is there for kids who have brothers, sisters, or parents with type 1 diabetes. We have sessions just for them, to share their experiences with others and learn how type 1 diabetes impacts everyone in the family. Plus we have fun!


Sierra Abel is the older sister to Sailor Abel, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001. Sierra attended her first Friends for Life conference with her family in 2002, where she was in the elementary group. She has now worked her way through all the programs, graduating from the teens at Friends for Life Orlando 2011. Sierra is excited to be a leader of the siblings group and be reunited with some of her best friends she calls "framily." She is now working on her masters in Social Work and hopes to become a Certified Diabetes Educator in the near future.


Yaseen Elarbi attended his first Friends for Life conference at age four, after his older sister Maryam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Having experienced the full youth program, and having survived Harold’s fitness sessions, he is very excited to come back to FFL as a staff member. Yaseen will attend Rosemont College where he looks forward to his studies and playing for the soccer team.


Zakariyya Elarbi started attending CWD conferences more than a decade ago, after his twin sister Maryam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He knew then that diabetes would forever play an important role in his life. After years of attending conferences as a tween and teen, Zak is thrilled to give back to the CWD community as a leader on the Siblings Staff. Zak currently works in Healthcare IT, allowing him the opportunity to travel and try new foods in his free time.


Sarah Lanning is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She attended her first Friends for Life conference at the age of four and has been to almost every FFL since. Sarah loves traveling, playing guitar, cake decorating, crafting and biking. Sarah is ecstatic to give back to the CWD community and continue growing our family.


Garren LaPlante has attended Friends for Life conferences since 2010. His younger brother, Ben, was diagnosed with type 1 in 2009. Garren was a tween at his first Friends for Life conference. He now is excited to give back and join the Siblings staff - Team Orange! Garren attends Elon University as a marketing and finance double major, and he plays club soccer there as well.


Erin Randall, RN, CDE, was first introduced to diabetes in 1986 when her sister, at the age of five, was diagnosed with type 1. She has been involved with Camp Huronda, a summer camp for children with diabetes in Ontario, where she met her husband (who happens to have type 1 diabetes). Her passion for giving back has led her to work with an amazing team at Markham Stouffville Hospital in the paediatric diabetes clinic. Erin combines her love of the outdoors and helping others as an ambassador for Connected in Motion.


James Stroud has worked as a patient sales representative for Dexcom continuous glucose monitors since 2015, but his experience in helping children and their siblings overcome the obstacles of diabetes goes back much further. James has been part of the FFL family ever since his older brother Ben was diagnosed with type 1 over 20 years ago. He can't wait to see old friends and meet new ones at this year's FFL Conference. James currently lives in the United Kingdom where he is employed with Dexcom.

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