Our Kids and Parents Say It Best:
Quotes from Orlando 2000: Letting Kids Be Kids
It was an amazing feeling to look around a room full of happy, active, well-adjusted kids and see medic-alert bracelets, Glocometer kits, needles and pumps. Kryssy said it best: "Everyone is just like me."
Sydney, NJ - mom of Krystyna, age 6, diagnosed 1/2000
It was neat seeing all the other kids with diabetes there because where I live I don't know any other kids with diabetes. I know now that I also want the pump because then you can eat all the time and you don't need to wake up early to do your blood glucose and injection.
Douglas, The Netherlands - Age 12, diagnosed 5/1997
Children With Diabetes is NOT a group I want to belong to, but I am glad that I do. The reason for being in Orlando was painful ... but the love, the laughter, and the friendship made it all right.
Marko, CT - dad of Alexander, age 23 months, diagnosed 2/2000
It was hard to fight back the tears when I overheard another mom begging her child to eat after the insulin injection. She sounded just like me and I was so glad to know that I wasn't the only one.
Deb, NH - mom of Stephen, age 13, diagnosed 7/1992
Childrenwithdiabetes.com Orlando2000 has forever changed our lives. Thank you for putting us in touch with families who wanted to meet us as much as we desperately needed to meet them!
The DeRock Family, CA - Claire, age 12, diagnosed 5/2000
Hatched from the simple desire to put faces to screen names this event showed us that we are not alone in the ongoing struggle to let our kids be kids. We are completely rejuvenated to carry on!
Charlotte, SC - mom of Annie, age 6, diagnosed 12/1997
A Smashing Success! This CWD network is truly incredible! To meet parents whom I counted on for e-mail support over the last couple of years was rewarding, touching and much needed. See you next year!
Leslie, The Netherlands - mom of Douglas, age 12, diagnosed 5/1997
Being with all those kids with diabetes who are just like me was the best, mom - thanks for taking me to be with them!
Stephanie, NH - age 8 diagnosed 5/1997
After personally getting to know so many wonderful children and their parents, friends and siblings who deal so bravely with Type I diabetes, I am more motivated than ever to help move us closer to a cure!
Sonia, CO, - mom of Matthew, age 10, diagnosed 12/1991
President and Chairman Children With Diabetes Foundation
The picture of these innocent children standing together --bravely dealing minute by minute, 24x7x365 with a life-threatening disease -- may be our best hope for raising public awareness, heightening public empathy, getting more research dollars and making the final push for a cure to Type 1 diabetes!
The Hohm Family, CO - mom of Bailey, age 6, diagnosed 7/1995
We parents of children with diabetes are united in our demand that research funds be raised and allocated to cure Type 1 diabetes in humans, a devastating and debilitating relentless 24 hours 7 days a week disease.
Ellen, FL - mom of Zachary 12, dx'd 2/89, pump 5 years
When a new friend came up to me in Orlando and thanked me from the bottom of her heart for helping make this trip such a great success, it brought tears to my eyes. These people have saved my sanity for the past four years. I would do anything for them.
Lauren, NJ - mom of Monica, age 6, diagnosed 8/1996
Thank you to all our new friends. We had the times of our lives, and learned soooo much from all of you. I wish we could of meet more people than we did. We were unable to attend the Sunday breakfast due to our plane leaving early Sunday. We look forward to seeing all of you next year. Special thanks to Lauren, Laura, Connie, Jeff, Sonia, Tom, and all the rest of you that organized such a wonderful get together. THANKS AGAIN.
The Doze Family, Kansas - Brett age 5 diagnosed 1/1997
It was bittersweet to see so many children with diabetes at the pool, testing blood glucose, receiving insulin injections or checking on their pumps - my daughter was normal, finally, and with lots of new friends!
Connie, TX - mom of Ariana, age 10, diagnosed 5/1999
We had a fantastic time! My sister from Oregon flew in to spend the weekend to see what our life with diabetes is like. It was so cool to test Justine's bG in front of people because everyone was doing the same thing!
Lynne, NH - mom of Justine age 8 diagnosed 3/1997
It was so nice to see the faces behind the screens that we spend so much time with (more than my own family)! I feel very close to this group of great people but the hugs and tears made it all so real.
Julia, KY - mom of Ethan, age 2 1/2, diagnosed 7/1998
Diabetes has been a dark cloud in our family for the last 3 years. We are forever grateful to have found the silver lining at ChildrenWithDiabetes.com.
Rita NY, - mom of Colleen age 7 diagnosed 10/97)
"For once, perhaps only for a little while, my child with diabetes was the rule and not the exception; the one sought after for advice and friendship and not an explanation as to why she was 'stabbing' herself so many times. For once, perhaps only for a little while, my child with diabetes was not stared at before she ate or stared at as she unzipped a case that keeps her alive. For once, perhaps only for a little while, our family with diabetes did not have to explain, it was understood. Our pain, our thirst for more knowledge, our fears, our frustrations, our unusual moments, and yes even our hope for a future. For once, perhaps for just a little while, four hundred different people became one voice. Thank you CWD."
The Karlya Family, NY - Kaitlyn age 10 diagnosed 1992
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I've been sitting at this computer for 2 days now (not the whole time, mind you) trying to come up with the perfect thank you... eloquent, witty... What comes to me is straight from the heart: Claire was dx'd 5-9-00 and we made the "leap of faith" decision to come to Orlando not knowing how we might pay for it (other than credit cards)! In retrospect, I can't imagine what life would be like if we hadn't come. We learned so much and observed so much, our lives are forever changed (for the BEST)!
We have so many things to be thankful for... supportive friends and family, understanding bosses, the list goes on... but our lives have been forever changed by Children With Diabetes Orlando2000... YOU put us in touch with families who wanted to meet us as much as we wanted to meet them! Thank you for undertaking this huge project. Know that your original goals have been met tenfold!
Chuck, Sally, Claire and Emily DeRock, Auburn, CA
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