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CWD families include grandparents, and at Friends for Life, we have a special Grandparents Track just for you. Betty Brackenridge will lead you through two days of exploration and sharing. You'll learn the basics about your grandchild's diabetes, about pumps and meters and the latest in diabetes gadgets and gizmos. Your sessions are just for grandparents.


Betty Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE, Director of Professional Education for Diabetes Management and Training Centers, Inc. (DMTC) of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Past-President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and served a six-year term on the US Centers for Disease Control's Technical Advisory Committee on Diabetes. She has developed and delivered programs on clinical care and experiential learning in diabetes to health professionals in some 35 countries. She has also authored over 100 publications for both lay persons and professionals, the most recent ones being Draw Wide the Circle of Love: How to Unite Your Family in the Care of a Child with Diabetes and Diabetes Myths, Misconceptions and Big Fat Lies!, the patient text for DMTC's Discovering DiabetesTM adult patient education program. She is also the author, with Kris Swenson, of the Discovering Diabetes program and, with Dr. Richard Rubin, of Sweet Kids, a popular and highly regarded book for families that presents diabetes nutrition and self-care in the context of optimal family functioning. Betty is a long-time friend of Children with Diabetes and is the Coordinator of the Friends for Life Grandparents' Track.


Bruce and Rachele Baccaro have a combined total of 88 years at IBM working in various capacities from engineer to graphic design management and from secretary to capital financial management and are grandparents to five. Their oldest grandchild, Kyle, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. Through Kyle and his mom, Julie, Bruce and Rachele were first introduced to CWD in 2006 and experienced FFL for the first time in 2007. They knew immediately that we wanted to be involved with FFL in some capacity, and were selected to be the 'lead Grandparents' for the first time at Friends for Life 2008. Bruce and Rachele now held lead the Grandparents Track at Friends for Life conferences. They reside in Newburgh, New York, close to their blended family of three children and five grandchildren.


Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE, is a CWD mom and CDE who has worked tirelessly for the last 20 years with thousands of families who have children with type 1 diabetes. She has served as coordinator of the PADRE Foundation's Fashion Show, Golf Tournament, Teen Surf and Snowboard Camps and Family Social events. She has developed education and support programs for kids with diabetes and their families. Heather instituted an emergency kit program for all newly diagnosed children at Children's Hospital Orange County when her daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 3 in 1990. Heather joined the CWD Ask the Diabetes Team in 1996. She lives with her husband Steve in Newport Beach, California and continues to work with children and families at CHOC. At Friends for Life, Heather is part of the Caregivers' Faculty.

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