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Report from Cruise Into Spring with CWD!
February 10-14, 2005

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CWD families cruised into spring on the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship, February 10-14, 2005. About 150 CWD participants, ranging from toddlers to grandparents participated in this adventure. The ship left from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and stopped at ports of call Key West and Cozumel.

The purpose of this cruise event was to combine a 'touch of conference' with a lot of vacation, while also providing a diabetes safety net to families with concerns about managing diabetes on vacation. Many thanks to endocrinologist Alan Schorr and CDE Natalie Bellini for being available 24 hours a day to answer diabetes questions and respond to whatever challenge came their way! During most of each day, families participated in cruise and shore activities - the weather was a little on the cool side, so shopping in the local markets was a popular pastime. Also, quite a few of our CWD teens found that ping pong tournaments on a 'rolling' cruise ship (the seas were a bit rough) required a modified set of skills… and it was great fun!

Every afternoon from 4:00 until dinner, CWD families gathered for presentations by our faculty and discussion groups on diabetes-related topics. Crystal Jackson provided some basic groundwork for families whose children are just entering the school systems. There was discussion about a child's basic rights to manage diabetes in the classroom, as well as an update about new legislation in several states which might impact diabetes management in the classroom. Crystal encouraged parents to get in touch with her any time regarding classroom concerns and children's rights to take care of their diabetes in school. This is a special area of focus for the American Diabetes Association.

The insulin pump staff who participated in the conference were absolutely wonderful, and they had a tremendous amount of information to share with our families. Many thanks to Craig Crease and Karen Bolderman (Cozmo pump), Melissa Ringley and Natalie Bellini (Animas pump), Tim Smith (Medtronic pump), and Sandy Schwartz (Nipro pump) for bringing pumps and information for families to look at and try if they wanted… families gave very positive feedback about what a great experience it was to get to meet with everyone in this type of setting where the purpose truly was the simple sharing of information. While a lot of the families on the cruise already were pumpers, they all wanted to see the new pumps, software and interface programs.

Dr. Alan Schorr led a session with parents on the topic of closed loop systems. He provided an update on the research with continuous sensors, and shared his own feelings about closed loop systems. Parents had many excellent questions - some of which had no definite answers but certainly inspired a lot of good conversation.

One of the highlights of the cruise was Formal Night. All of our CWD families - kids included - donned fancy dresses, suits, and tuxedos, for this event. Make sure you see these photos!

A very special thank you to Chris Morande, whose professional travel agent skills saved the day on more than one occasion on this cruise. The best laid plans....

Stay tuned to CWD Events for more information on next year's winter Vacation Event!

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