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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Pumping

A Regional Conference and Expo
March 17-19, 2006
Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Even little kids pump

Bolusing is easy

Rachel named her pump "Blossom"

Pumps are for everywhere, even the pool!

CWD kids received the first two Cozmo pumps shipped!

CWD kids proudly wear their pumps

Share pump stories with other kids

Learn important skills like matching pump covers ...

... and hiding pumps under formal dresses

This conference is sold out and registration is closed.

Why Focus on Pumping?

Efficacy research has shown that using an insulin pump is one of the best ways to manage type 1 diabetes. At Children with Diabetes, many of our children (and parents) are pumpers already, while many more are simply curious about pumping, and still manage diabetes via multiple daily injections (MDI). It is our intent with this conference to offer basic pumping information to those people who are brand new to insulin pumps, and to offer more cutting-edge research information to those people who already know quite a bit about insulin pumps, perhaps wear one, and want to improve their diabetes management.

We hope that the Focus on Pumping conference will help you and your family gain a better understanding of how insulin pumps work, the current technology in pumps now available to people with diabetes, and the exciting new technology coming down the road both short and long-term. And we hope to motivate you to try a pump if you never have! Insulin pump companies will be on site providing saline pump starts to those who wish to wear a pump (or more than one) to experience what it feels like and how a pump works up close and personal. Please note that a physician's prescription is necessary for this, and details are available in the sidebar on this page.

Some very exciting faculty will be joining us! Pediatric endocrinologist Henry Anhalt will lead us on an exploration of "Why Pump Insulin?" and later in the conference will take a look into the future of pumping with a discussion of sensor technology and closed loop systems. Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like A Pancreas, will cover two areas of great concern to pumpers: Strike the Spike (Managing Post-Prandial Highs) and Preventing and Managing Hypoglycemia.

John Walsh, author of Pumping Insulin, a text considered one of the best overall resources for pumpers, will present a session on The Basics of Pumping, which is a must for anyone considering switching from MDI to an insulin pump. Additionally, for those who have been pumping successfully for awhile and would like to address some of the more difficult or advanced concepts of pumping, John will offer a second session called Advanced Pumping Concepts.

Have you or your child thought about getting an insulin pump, but you are nervous about 'being attached to something every day, all day?' You're not alone. Are you afraid a younger child might play with the pump buttons or mistakenly bolus in the middle of the night? Afraid an infusion set will hurt or will fall out? These are all things that pumpers think about at first. Jeff Hitchcock, along with a panel of CWD kids and teen pumpers, will share their thoughts with you and answer your questions.

Confused by all the infusion sets on the market? What's the difference between a Quick-Set vs. an Inset vs. a Silhouette? And how do you know which one will work best for your child or yourself? Diabetes Educator Natalie Bellini can help you figure this out in a fun and hands-on session. Also, the pump companies will have their infusion sets available for you to look at and ask questions about -- it's a great opportunity to compare, gather information, and decide what is best for you!

What about the athletic insulin pumper? Is it ok to wear an insulin pump when you are participating in an active sport like hockey, football, or basketball? And what are you supposed to do if you are a dancer or participate in gymnastics and there just doesn't seem to be a place to even put the insulin pump? Athletic trainer and pumper Rick Philbin will discuss this, and more!

Finally, endocrinologist Alan Schorr will lead two hands-on pump problem-solving sessions. This is an opportunity to bring your pumper's challenges - large and small - to a discussion format in which Dr. Schorr will analyze the problem and lead everyone through potential ways to address the concern. Even if you don't currently have any big challenges to discuss, this is a wonderful opportunity to listen to 'what might happen' and have some ideas how to address these challenges down the road!

Try an Insulin Pump!

Come to the conference and try a pump! Several pump companies -- Animas, Medtronic MiniMed, and Smiths Medical -- will be offering this great opportunity for potential would-be pumpers to try a pump using saline. Anyone interested in wearing a pump (with saline) may do so Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at the conference. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline."

This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a specific pump company, contact the following individuals:

Val Valentino at 1-877-YES PUMP, extension 1225 or via e-mail at

Smiths Medical:
Marilyn Graff at 1-800-544-4734 extension 7201 or via e-mail at

Medtronic MiniMed
Julie Sweidan at 1-800-999-9859 x 4514 or via e-mail at

Nipro Diabetes Systems Sandy Schwartz at 1-888-651-PUMP, x 888 or via e-mail at

Other contact information will be posted as it is made available.

Tour Animas Corporation!

Animas Corporation has invited CWD conference attendees to tour their factory and meet their CEO on Friday before the conference officially begins. Located less than a half hour drive from the conference Marriott, Animas will provide a shuttle at 2:00 p.m. to take participants to Corporate Headquarters. Attendees will tour the factory, discuss new Animas technology, and enjoy some snacks during a question and answer session. The shuttle will head back to conference headquarters at 4:15 in time for registration at 5:00. Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to reserve your family’s spot on this outing, please contact Liz Dexter at 1-877-YES-PUMP ext. 1100 or via email at

Experts Who Can Help

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion with moms and dads. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network and share ideas, and interact with several of CWD's most wonderful and caring professionals!

In addition, for kids, tweeners, and teens, there will be special sessions just for you all day both Saturday and Sunday. One area in the conference center is for kids ages 6-9, one area is designated for kids ages 10-12, and a third area is designated for teens. These sessions are fun and activity based - they will not focus on 'just diabetes,' so they are fine for sisters, brothers, and friends to attend!

Teens will likely start in discussion groups in the morning (topics to be determined by the teens, of course!) and will head offsite for the afternoons after lunch. These excursions will be led by Natalie Bellini, Rick Philbin, Chris Tull, Jim Vail, and Neal Billetdeaux, all veteran CWD faculty. Parents are welcome as chaperones if you'd like to come along. Some pocket money for incidentals or snacks should be provided by parents.

Any teen with diabetes going off-site must have a meter, insulin, and glucose along with them! Also, parents must sign a release that it is OK for the teen to go offsite with CWD staff.

Please note that elementary and tweener sessions are for all children, not just those with diabetes. Sessions will include games, a Scavenger Hunt, arts-n-crafts projects, and some outdoor activities (sitting in one place all day simply is not fun). There will be some discussion about taking care of diabetes and some discussion about insulin pumps. We try to 'play it by ear' with our younger group, and follow their lead as far as what is interesting and exciting for them to do at any given time of the day. Again, our faculty - Lauren Lanning, Michelle Rago, and Mike Schurig - have experience with this age group and have worked for years with school-aged kids in CWD conferences. Parents are welcome to help or observe at any time!

Children younger than age 6 may participate in the elementary sessions if they are accompanied by a parent. We do not have childcare for this event.

The Program

The program is designed to run 4 sessions simultaneously during most of the weekend. There will be two-day educational tracks for adults and parents of children with diabetes, school-age children (ages 6-9), tweeners (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). Sessions will end on Sunday late afternoon. Participants who would like to continue to visit and interact with other CWD families are encouraged to stay over Sunday night and relax poolside or enjoy the many attractions that Philadelphia has to offer. Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

The Conference Venue

The Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel is located about 20 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport. Single and double room rates are $119 per night plus tax. Rollaways are extra.

Each room has a large desk with a dual line telephone featuring voice mail and data port. High speed internet is available in-room, and wireless is available in the conference area and other public places. Each room has a coffeemaker with complimentary coffee. In addition, the hotel has an indoor heated pool, exercise room, sauna, and whirlpool. Just outside the hotel, there is a walking trail that winds alongside the scenic river.

To make your room reservation, please call 800-228-9290 or 610-941-5600. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes conference.

Note that there is a registration fee per family. Rates vary according to the date of registration. Please refer to the bottom of this page for the link to the registration form.

The Children with Diabetes room block will be held until Thursday, February 23, 2006. Please make your reservations before that time. Rooms may not be available after that date.

Fun Things To Do

The Focus on Pumping conference will kick-off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with an Exhibitor's Reception. This is a great opportunity for all conference participants (kids and teens, too) to meet each other, browse the exhibits, have some great conversation, and enjoy some yummy hors d'oeuvres. The exhibitors will all be set up right outside the main conference ballroom - very accessible for everyone! Afterwards, take the kids poolside and enjoy a fun evening (and let the kids get some energy out)!

Saturday and Sunday mornings, breakfast will be served in the conference ballroom from 8:00-9:00. Exhibits will be open to browse while you sip that second cup of coffee. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00. Healthy snack breaks will be offered mid-morning and mid-afternoon in the exhibit area.

Saturday and Sunday at lunch, all conference participants will enjoy a healthy buffet in the ballroom. Again, this is a great time to finish up with your lunch and head back to the exhibitors to have discussion and look at some pump technology after learning new information that morning. The lunch break is 60 minutes; plenty of time to eat, share some great conversation, perhaps get a short walk and fresh air, and come back for an afternoon of exciting breakout sessions. Teens likely will head offsite after lunch with the teen leaders, while the kids will regroup for their afternoon activities at 1:00. The exhibit area will close after lunch on Sunday.

For those wishing to spend an extra day or so at the conference venue, the Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel is near historic Philadelphia and all the sight-seeing and cultural events that city has to offer. It is also near Valley Forge National Park. For those with more of a shopping inclination, the hotel is just a few minutes from the King of Prussia Mall which has a tremendous number of shops and restaurants.

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