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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Best Practices

A Regional Conference and Expo
January 1-4, 2009
Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa

After morning sessions, you'll have fun on the beach

Exercise goals are met through beach volleyball

Families will enjoy a wonderful dinner on the beach on Saturday evening


Special Guest
Joe Eldridge

Joe Eldridge is the co-founder and president of Team Type 1, a cycling team of 8 riders with Type 1 diabetes that won the Race Across America. Another objective is to show people with diabetes that their condition won't hold them back. Eldridge was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age 10 in December of 1992. But it didn't stop him from competing as a striker on elite junior soccer teams that traveled the country. When he wasn't kicking the ball on a soccer field, he was placekicking on the football field for his high school team. Joe's participation at the conference is supported by Dex4.

Join your CWD family and friends for a long weekend in truly a paradise setting. The Marco Island Marriott Resort has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach with a good book and good friends, or would prefer something more invigorating like sailing or a swim in the surf, or an afternoon full of learning and wonder as you tour the Everglades adjacent to the resort, the choices really are endless.

Conference programming for parents (i.e., educational sessions) will be offered on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30, right after breakfast. There will be a break for snacks - and to check on the kids - roughly halfway through the morning. Note that the children ages 6-17 will have activities during the morning on Friday and Saturday as well. They will work in specific age groups: Elementary (ages 6-9), Tween (ages 10-12), Teen (ages 13-17), and childcare for potty-trained kids ages 5 and under. In addition, there will be games and other activities for CWD families on the beach throughout the day.

Try an Insulin Pump or CGM!

Come to the conference and try a pump! Pump companies offer would-be pumpers a chance to try their products using saline. 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
    Scott Scolnick at 1-877-937-7867 ext 1312 or
  • Medtronic Diabetes
    For pump or CGM trials:
    Julie Sanderson at 1-800-999-9859 x4514 or
  • Smiths Medical
    Pump trials and Therapeutic Options classes (learn more about your CozMore system):
    Suzanne M. Runtz, RD, LD, CDE at 800-544-4734 Ext 5380 or

The Conference Resort

The Marco Island Marriott Resort is now accepting reservations for the CWD weekend. Rates are $240/night. Rooms include in-room refrigerator, coffee, safe, and high speed internet. To reserve a room, you may either book online via their online reservation site or call the hotel at 800-228-9290 or 239-394-2511. Please make sure to state that you are with the Children with Diabetes program. You must use one of these methods to book a room to be included in the CWD room block. You also must complete a conference registration form in order to participate in the conference.

Note that the conference hotel sold out for the Marco 2007 and Marco 2008 conferences. If you know your family wants to participate, please make your reservations early to ensure a room at the hotel.

For more information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 (Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 eastern time) or email

Registration cancellation policy:
Registration cancellations prior to December 1, 2008 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Beginning December 1, 2008, refunds are not available.

Youth Program Note:
Please note that all children must be with their appropriate age group during sessions. The elementary program is for children ages 6-9; the tween program is for children ages 10-12, and the teen program is for ages 13-18. There is no 'skipping up' or 'skipping down.' This is per our insurance guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.

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