Back to CWD Conferences Report from CWD's New York Family Adventure Weekend 2007

The holiday weekend dawned sunny, but very cold and very windy. The sidewalks were icy, the curbs slushy. Boots were definitely in order. As were hats, scarves, mittens ... and lots of smiles and hugs. And so began the CWD Family Adventure Weekend in New York City, February 16-19, 2007.

Seventy people from as far away as Scotland, Spain, and Italy, and as close as Bronxville and Belle Harbor joined together at the Marriott Midtown Courtyard for a weekend of sightseeing, friendship, and lively discussion and sharing of ideas. Thanks to our CWD 'New York Natives' (Stacey and Scott Nagel, Michelle Rago, and Lauren Lanning), our kids, teens, and families found their way to every landmark, museum, shopping venue, and eatery on the must-see list!

Friday evening, just about everyone had arrived despite some tricky weather which delayed a few flights. We all gathered for snacks and a discussion of what the weekend's itinerary would entail. Teen Coordinator Natalie Bellini declared that the teen consensus (teens comprised more than half of our weekend participants - so they had a big say in the decisions!) was ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza after breakfast on Saturday - and everyone else quickly agreed that this was the best plan for all age groups on Saturday morning.

Despite the cold and wind, everyone bundled up and had a great skate! Even the CWD weekend sponsor, LifeScan's Charles Renfroe, joined us for breakfast, the walk over to Rockefeller Plaza, and a couple hours rink-side. It was a very cool sight, indeed, to see nearly the entire rink filled with CWD kids and parents!

For the rest of the weekend, families decided to divide and conquer. Some visited the Natural Museum of History, while others went to the Guggenheim. Some went to FAO Schwartz, while others went to J Crew. Some strolled by Central Park or Fifth Avenue, while others walked through the Village. Some became quite handy with the subway system, while others learned the grid of the city streets. By Saturday night, many were off to have an early dinner and see Broadway shows ... and rest their feet!

Sunday rang in the Chinese New Year! Most families headed down to Chinatown to see the parade and other displays of celebration. It was crowded, noisy, and fun - and the kids had a great time! In the afternoon, many walked north through the neighborhoods of Little Italy, stopping for pizza, cappuccino and - cannoli! By the evening, the kids and parents alike were exhausted, and it was time for a nap, dinner, and some great conversation back at the hotel.

It was a wonderful weekend with many new friends, and we all hope to get together back in NYC sometime next year when it is warmer!

Many thanks to LifeScan for sponsoring the CWD Adventures Program. This type of weekend allows our kids and families the opportunity to share ideas and try new things with their diabetes management, with the encouragement of so many others helping them along. It is an invaluable experience for the participants. We are so grateful for LifeScan's consistent support of CWD, our events, and all of our kids and families.

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Giulio, visiting America from Italy for a year of high school, gives Friday evening's get together two thumbs up
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Some of the kids met on Sunday morning, before heading out to the Met and Chinatown
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Event sponsor Charles Renfroe from LifeScan heads off from skating for meetings ... and warmth!
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