July 5-10, 2011
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
begins July 5
Meet inspirational adults with type 1 -- here, race car driver Charlie Kimball from FFL 2009
Spend time at the Quilt for Life
Join in the Fun Run - once around the lake
Teen's have their own programming, including a day at a park and ...
... the Friday Evening Teen Dance
Even parents enjoy dancing after the Banquet
CWD kids show their feelings in their hands -- "Believe" and "Strength"
Learn about the latest in diabetes care products in the Exhibit Hall
Grandparents learn in "hands on" sessions
Friends for Life is for the whole family
Children with Diabetes presents our 12th annual family conference! 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!
Who Should Attend the 2011 Event?
- Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
- Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
- Kids with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best buddies
- Their parents
- Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners and children
- Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes
The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell
- Tuesday, July 5:
Registration opens, Sports Central opens, Teen Car Control Clinic, Diabetes Scholars Foundation Golf for Education fundraiser, meet new friends and enjoy pool time!
- Wednesday, July 6:
Family Fun Run in the morning; Focus groups and discussion groups all day (preregistration for the focus groups is required); Sports Central open for pick-up basketball and volleyball; Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall at 6:00 p.m., including the Quilt for Life
- Thursday, July 7:
sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents track); Family and Friends Banquet; Sports Central
- Friday, July 8:
Sessions for adults and children all day (including grandparents track); Teens offsite at Disney; Teen Dinner Dance; Adults with Type 1 Dinner; Tween Karaoke Social; Dessert with the Faculty; Sports Central
- Saturday, July 9:
Family Day at the Coronado; character lunch at the Coronado
- Sunday, July 10: Farewell Breakfast
Pump Trials, Sensor Trials, Screenings & Studies
Insulin Pump Trials
Come to the conference and try a pump or continuous sensor. Pump companies Animas and Medtronic Diabetes offer would-be pumpers a chance to try their products using saline. And if you already use a pump, here's a chance to try out a new one. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline." If you plan to try more than one pump, be sure to bring a prescription for each.
This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information, contact:
- Animas - El Paso Room
Val Trego at 610-889-4686 or [email protected]
- Medtronic Diabetes - Toluca Room
Zach Finley at 818-576-4937 or [email protected]
Continuous Sensor Trials
You can try a continuous glucose monitor from Medtronic. If you would like to wear only the continuous glucose monitoring device, a prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "continuous glucose monitoring evaluation."
If you would like to wear the insulin pump integrated with continuous glucose monitoring, a prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording, "insulin pump with saline and continuous glucose monitoring evaluation." CGM trials are limited to adults and kids aged 7 or older.
- Medtronic Diabetes - Toluca Room
Zach Finley at 818-576-4937 or [email protected]
A TrialNet team will be on site performing screenings beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Friday in the Baja Room. Sign up sheets will be at registration.
Once again this year, a team of eye care specialists from the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science from the New Jersey Medical School will be on site performing free retinal screenings to kids and adults with type 1 diabetes, beginning on Tuesday and continuing through Friday in the Cancun Room. Pre-conference online signup is closed. You'll be able to sign up on site.
Online registration is now closed. You may register on site beginning Tuesday, July 5.
Cancellations prior to June 1, 2011 will be refunded minus a US$50 processing fee. After June 1, 2011, no refunds are available.
Teen Driving Clinic
Children with Diabetes has partnered with the Teen Driver Safety Foundation to bring a special Teen Driver Clinic to Friends for Life: Orlando 2011. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 5th. Teens new to driving are highly encouraged to participate. Note that one parent must accompany the teen driver and participate in the entire day's program. The cost of the clinic is $179 if you will be driving your own vehicle. There is an additional charge of $25 if you need to have a vehicle provided.
The Conference Venue and Reservations
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is located near Magic Kingdom® Park, EPCOT®, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Five swimming pools are on the Hotel grounds, including a huge, feature-pool complex with southwestern theme. A children's playground is on site, as is a large game arcade and fitness center. Watercraft and bike rentals are offered. A jogging trail winds around the 15-acre lake. Complimentary Disney bus transportation is available between the Hotel and all Disney Theme Parks.
Newly renovated hotel rooms include 2 double beds or a king bed, refrigerator, high speed internet (fee for service), ceiling fan, coffee maker, wall safe, telephone with voice mail and data port. Wireless high speed internet is available in public areas of the hotel, including the lobby, conference center, and swimming pool.
Room rates are $149 + tax. This rate is available from July 1, 2011 to July 13, 2011 for those families who might want to extend their vacation.
Corporate Suites may be reserved for hospitality events or entertaining, subject to availability.
For housing reservations, call Disney conference reservations directly at 407-939-1020. Be sure to say you are with the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference. The Children with Diabetes room block is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may also reserve a room, buy park tickets, make Disney Dining reservations, and arrange for free Disney Transporation from the Orlando Airport to the hotel online at www.disneyurl.com/ChildrenwithDiabetes2011.
Please note that you are only in the CWD room block -- and only have the perks of being in the room block -- if you make reservations through the link or through this phone number (i.e., not through the Disney 800 number or through a travel agent -- they cannot access the CWD rooms).
Also, please note that this year's conference backs up to the busy July 4 holiday weekend. The resort will be quite crowded and will likely sell out early. If you plan to vacation for a few days prior to the conference, please make your reservations as soon as possible.
Additional conference information will be available later this Fall!
For more conference information, contact
Please phone during regular business hours (eastern time), as these are home offices.
- Mike Schurig at 407-859-9630 or [email protected] or
- Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 or [email protected]
Friends for Life 2011 Conference and Expo Introduction - Registration - Childcare Form - FAQs - Sponsors - Exhibitors - Venue Map Faculty - Youth Faculty - CWD Staff - Grandparents Faculty - Sports Central Staff Teen Driving Clinic - Diabetes Scholars Foundation Golf Fundraiser Schedule: Parents & Adults - Youth - Focus Groups FFL Reports from 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001
Elite Ironman Triathlete and three-time member of the US National Team, Jay Hewitt will be a VIP Speaker and member of the faculty at the Friends for Life conference. Jay is sponsored by Novo Nordisk.
Join former NFL player Kendall Simmons for a Meet-n-Greet on Thursday afternoon. Sponsored by Novo Nordisk.
Team Type 1
Jackson the Dog
Jackson, an English Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with diabetes at just two months of age. He is now four years old, living with his family in Illinois. He loves playing in the yard, going for walks, and good luck trying to find him without a toy in his mouth!
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