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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Pumping

A Regional Conference and Expo
February 29 - March 2, 2008
Renaissance Seattle, Seattle, Washington

This Conference is Sold Out

Learn from diabetes experts like John Walsh

CWD Tweens show off their insulin pumps

Meet with pump company representatives to learn about the latest products

The Teen Program includes off-site activities -- diabetes in the real world

CWD kids proudly wear their insulin pumps on their belt and some wear their infusion sets in their arm

Even young kids can learn to use an insulin pump

Elementary kids learn about the latest technology while having fun on the Scavenger Hunt

Come and meet the teens and young adults who use pumps

Why Focus on Pumping?

Try an Insulin Pump

Come to the conference and try a pump! Several pump companies -- Animas, Disetronic, Medtronic MiniMed, OmniPod, 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

Disetronic Medical Systems Inc/Roche Diagnostics
Terri Richert at 317-570-5268 or

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

OmniPod Insulin Management System
Janet Tedeschi 1-781-457-4804 or

Smiths Medical:
Mikelyn Calhoun at 651-628-7476 or via e-mail at

Special Guest
Sebastien Sasseville

Sebastien Sasseville
Sebastien will be speak during Saturday evening's dinner and will be working with our youth faculty and meet with all ages of kids to share his experiences and positive attitude about living with and conquering diabetes.
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Special Guest
Nikki Lang

Nikki Lang
Nikki Lang, diagnosed at 10, will share her passion for singing during Saturday evening's dinner.
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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 open the conference with an exploration of "Why We Pump" and later in the conference will take a look into the cutting edge technology of continuous sensors.

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 and now in its 4th edition, will present a session on Pumping Basics, which is a must for anyone considering switching from MDI to an insulin pump. Additionally, for those who have been pumping successfully for a while 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. Laura Billetdeaux, along with a panel of CWD 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! Rick will also be available by appointment on Saturday afternoon for individual kids and their parents to discuss specific sports-related challenges with diabetes management.

Feeling stressed out by all the technology – or simply by ‘life with diabetes’ in general? Join psychologist Richard Rubin for a discussion about Keeping Technology in Perspective (on Saturday); and join cardiologist Bob Bulgarelli for a discussion about Stress Management on Sunday. Both speakers are veteran CWD-presenters, and they are simply wonderful.

Finally, ADA's Crystal Jackson will talk with parents about how to make insulin pumping in school be a positive and healthy experience for kids, families, and the school professionals. It may seem like an easy thing to accomplish, but there are so many pieces involved with successful pumping in a school environment, that it is really helpful to walk through the steps with Crystal. On Saturday by appointment, Crystal will work on specific problem-solving with families who are currently experiencing challenges with pumping in their school districts.

Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference. Pricing information is online under Registration. Note that pricing information is provided for families and individuals, as well as for additional adults such as grandparents who might be joining a family. Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations - please make sure that you do both (registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself).

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, share ideas, and interact with CWD's most wonderful and caring professionals!

In addition, for kids, tweens, 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 start in ice-breaker and discussion groups in the morning. It is likely that they will head off-site in the afternoon on both days. These excursions will be led by Natalie Bellini and Jim Vail, both veteran CWD faculty and staff. 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 tween sessions are for all children, not just those with diabetes. Sessions will include games, a Scavenger Hunt, arts-n-crafts projects, pool time, and maybe 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 elementary faculty, led by Lauren Lanning and Michelle Rago, have experience with this age group and have worked for years with school-aged kids in CWD conferences. Similarly, the Tween leaders, Melissa Ringley and Kim Kelly, have been leading the Tween programs for CWD for years. Parents are welcome to help or observe at any time!

We will have childcare for potty trained children ages 3-5. No separate child care registration is required. Mary Babin, who coordinates childcare for all CWD conferences, will once again be in charge of the youngest crowd!

The Program

The program is designed to run 5 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), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). During some sessions, parents will have a choice of two speakers. 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 Seattle 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 Renaissance Seattle is located at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, Washington on the corner of Madison Street and 6th Avenue. This is approximately 12 miles from the Sea/Tac International Airport. This property offers some wonderful space to CWD participants including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor swimming pool on the 28th floor, several restaurants, and a state of the art fitness center. Single and double room rates are $159 per night plus tax. Rollaways are extra. Each room offers high speed Internet, a 2-line phone with voice mail, cable TV, and a coffee maker with complimentary coffee. Within walking distance are the Waterfront, the Shopping District, and the famous Pike Place Market. Also nearby is the Monorail, which travels to the Space Needle and Seattle Center.

To make your room reservation, please call 800-266-9432. Identify yourself as being with the Children with Diabetes conference. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The room block will be held for CWD until February 1, 2008. Note that there is a conference registration fee per family and that reserving a room does not register you for the conference. Rates vary according to the date of registration. Please refer to the website for details.

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 7:45-8:45. Sessions will begin promptly at 8:45. Healthy snack breaks will be offered mid-morning and mid-afternoon in the exhibit area. The exhibit hall will open in conjunction with the first snack break at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday at lunch, all conference participants will enjoy a healthy buffet. 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 one hour; 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 morning snack break on Sunday.

Dinner for all participants begins on Saturday night at 6:00 pm in the main ballroom. There will be a short speaker presentation (to be announced) beginning at 6:30. At 7:30, we will be showing a kids’ movie in the elementary room. Natalie Bellini will lead a session for parents of teens while the teens head offsite on a bowling excursion. The main ballroom will remain open so parents can continue conversation through the evening.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations prior to February 1, 2008 will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. After February 1, no refunds are available.

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