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Friends for Life UK 2013

International Conference and Expo
5-7 April, 2013
Glasgow Marriott Hotel
Glasgow, Scotland


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Families begin registering early on Friday afternoon

Enjoy Saturday dinner with your friends

In 2011, kids and parents showed just how much they love Joe Solo

Mealtime is easy with carb counts prepared for all the food

Teens gather before heading off site on Sunday

FFL is always about happy, healthy, smiling kids


Feedback from FFL UK 2012

FFL leaves you completely re-energised, but in the most exhausting way imaginable! I couldn't have put an e-mail together that did it justice if I tried to straight away. I needed to rest my brain. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you and the staff do in putting together the FFL conferences. I cannot begin to imagine how much goes into it, but the result is just amazing. The magic of FFL never lessens in any way. It actually grows year on year.

My lasting memory that I will take away from FFL UK is the image of my son running around the hotel with his friends, bag on his shoulder (something he agreed to do after last year’s trip) happy and not feeling different. For him, this is very important. He once said to me 'having diabetes makes me different enough; I don't want to be any more different.' This makes me sad. I hope as he grows he will realise it’s not bad to be different, but for a time last week end he wasn't.

My child is different at FFL: more confident, more carefree, more positive, and doesn't feel different. I know these weekends will change her life in the long run, and the lives of all our children. I think all the positivity and caring soaks into their skin over those weekends as does the desire to have the best blood control they can, as they see everyone else doing what they have to do, without parents telling them.

Jo in Elementary said the loveliest words when I went to drop Daniel off on the Saturday morning. I had the usual bag of medical stuff and Jo with all her warmth and friendliness said 'we only need Daniel.' I nearly the past year since diagnosis nobody has said to me 'we only need Daniel'... For those two days at FFL, I felt he was back to just being a little boy again...not the little boy with a bagful of medical stuff and a long explanation of what might be required. Those words meant the world to me.

This was the first year my daughter could get with the programme and started Elementary, she loved it. She didn't stop talking all the way back home in the car and she had learnt so many "soft" skills. She was quizzing us all the way back about how we felt about diabetes and telling us what she found frustrating about it. It wasn't so much permission to speak, but rather vocabulary to do it had been introduced and a sense that it was a topic that we were all interested to talk about.

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes, Inc. (CWD) presents our 5th annual family conference in the UK! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget! All presentations, activities and additional information will be provided in English only.

Who Should Attend the 2013 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Parents of children with type 1 diabetes
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners
  • Care providers are welcome, however this conference does not offer CEUs

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, 5 April 2013: Registration opens late afternoon; Grand Opening of the Exhibit Area, buffet dinner; Welcome Keynote
  • Saturday, 6 April 2013: Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents); dinner and disco-themed party for adults and children; teen social function for ages 13-17
  • Sunday, 7 April 2013: Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents); Teens will be together offsite for an all-day field trip, with teen faculty and staff

Programme details for each age group will be available on the CWD website beginning December 1, 2012.

For the structured programme, children are divided into the following groups: Elementary (Primary) (ages 6-9), Tween (ages 10-12), Teen (ages 13-17), and childcare (ages 5 and under). Note that children must be in their appropriate age group – 'skipping up' or 'skipping down' are not permitted.

The Conference Venue and Reservations

Located at 500 Argyle St., Anderston, Glasgow, the Glasgow Marriott Hotel is just a short walk to restaurants, shopping, and Hampden Park. The hotel features a Leisure Club with indoor swimming pool, sauna, and gym.

All meeting and function spaces at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel are non-smoking. Parking is complimentary. Internet is available at £7.50 per connection per 24 hours.

The rooms in the CWD room block include king rooms and double doubles (2 double beds). Please specify which type of room you need when making reservations. The room rate, inclusive of VAT, is £80. This does not include breakfast. If you wish to add breakfast, adults are £10 per person and children ages 5-12 are £7.50 per person. Children under age 5 eat for free.

The Glasgow Marriott Hotel is now accepting reservations for this conference. When making a reservation, you must indicate that you are attending the Children with Diabetes, Friends for Life conference in order to get the preferred rate. Reservations are first-come, first-served. It is anticipated that this event will sell out, so please make your reservations early.

For reservations, please use the online reservation web site.

Note: You must register separately for the conference and hotel. Registering for the hotel does not register your family for the conference itself.

Scholarship Information

Family scholarships are available from the Diabetes Scholars Foundation.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

For information about sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Laura Billetdeaux via email at or phone +1 734-428-8265 (note: office located in the U.S., eastern standard time [GMT-5hours] applies). Please phone during regular business hours, 9 am – 5 pm EST (2pm – 10pm GMT) or e-mail any time!

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Special Guest
Douglas Cairns

Photo Douglas Cairns was a Royal Air Force jet pilot at the age of 25 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and consequently lost his flying career. In 2000 he regained the freedom to fly in the USA as a licensed private pilot, and then went on to complete "Diabetes World Flight" in 2003, the first round-the-world flight by a pilot with type 1 diabetes. Douglas will be a special guest at FFL UK 2013.

Special Guest
Jamie Stevenson-Hamilton

Photo Jamie Stevenson-Hamilton is 21 years old and has recently graduated from Bristol University. Hes has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 6. Jamie has been Kayaking since the age of 9, becoming a coach when he was 16 and is currently travelling the world to find the ultimate kayaking destination, with recent destinations including Nepal and Uganda. Jamie is attending CWD on behalf the Animas Heroes; a group of people achieving extraordinary things whilst living with type 1 diabetes. Jamie is looking forward to helping the next generation at Friends for Life Glasgow 2013.

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