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Friends for Life: Orlando 2003 - Thursday

Getting ready for the Fun Run Bright and early Thursday morning, kids, teens, parents, and adults met at the lake for the CWD Foundation Fun Run, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Will Cross encouraged everyone and got the run started. The sun was out, but it hadn't gotten too hot yet, so runners and walkers could enjoy the once-around-the-lake path. Several faculty members also participated, demonstrating clearly the importance of exercise in the management of diabetes. Later in the day, Will Cross and Shelly Harmon from Novo Nordisk gave all participants a nice Friends For Life Kids Fun Run medal.

Dr. Rubin leading the siblings discussion group Dr. Richard Rubin opened the Friends for Life 2003 sessions with a presentation entitled "Keeping Our Families Healthy." He spoke of the need to maintain a happy and healthy family life while dealing with the challenges of caring for a child with type 1 diabetes. This was Dr. Rubin's third time attending the CWD annual conference, and as always, his presentations are wonderfully received by our families. Later in the day, Dr. Rubin led a discussion group of siblings.

Teens discussed how stress affects their diabetes Thursday's other educational sessions included presentations by Dr. Steve Edelman ("Taking Control of Your Diabetes Through Education, Motivation, and Self-Advocacy"), CWD Medical Director Dr. Bill Quick ("Insulin and Insulin Delivery Systems"), Crystal Jackson from the ADA ("Managing Diabetes in School" and "IEP and 504 Plans" with CWD's Steph Schwartz), Dr. Ragnar Hanas ("Those Challenging Times: Sick Days, Holidays, and Parties" and "Multiple Daily Injection Management"), John Walsh ("Introduction to Pumping Insulin"), Hope Warshaw ("Healthy Restaurant Eating" and "Carb Counting: Putting It To Work For You"), and Dr. Satish Garg ("College and Young Adult Discussion Group" and "Growing Up: The Transition From Pediatric to Adult Endocrinologist"), just to name a few. (There were more.)

Kids with place settings in the background Kids and Teens had sessions just for them, offering opportunities for learning and fun while parents attended their own sessions. Teens sessions included a great session about "Highs and Lows - Stress, Anger" with Natalie Bellini, Stephan Rubin, and Will Cross; a discussion about technology to help with carb counting by Mike Schurig; "Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll" with Richard and Stephan Rubin; and "What Are Your Parents Worried About?" with Natalie Bellini and Rick Philbin. Younger kids enjoyed "Sleepovers and Parties" with Natalie Bellini and Melissa Ringley; a martial arts demontration by Marc Blatstein and Fran Ott; and a great session of "Diabetes Jeopardy and Survivor" with Steph Scwartz, Mike Schurig, and Barb Schreiner. Kids also made the placesettings found on each table at the banquet.

In Eyore Ears Thursday evening, almost 1,000 people came together for the the Family and Friends Banquet, sponsored by LifeScan and Novo-Nordisk. Will Cross spoke of his adventure walking to the South Pole, the first person with diabetes to do so. His success can encourage all of us to continue to pursue our dreams, regardless of the obstacles we face. Following Will's presentation, CWD Events Coordinator Laura Billetdeaux gave Eyeore Ears to CWD Founder Jeff Hitchcock -- it's something of a tradition -- and played a very moving Power Point presentation about Children with Diabetes. Jeff thanked everyone for coming, noting that we are all now friends for life. Tom Karlya of the DRI presented Jeff and Brenda Hitchcock with an award in thanks for their efforts in helping families who have children with diabetes. Laura then thanked each of our generous sponsors, without whom the Friends for Life conference would not be possible. The sponsors each had a chance to say a few words, and all received a wonderful round of applause from our families. More photos from the banquet are on page 9 of the More Photos pages.

Hamish on stage After the presentations, the band BROTHER, led by Hamish Richardson who has type 1 diabetes, along with Angus Richardson and Rick Kurek, entertained the guests with their incredible music, featuring the didgeredoo and bag pipes. Kids, teens, and adults flocked to the dance floor. Zippora Karz joined Hamish on stage, along with some of the kids. Afterwards, the band posed for pictures with kids and teens. [Dancing MPEG (960kb), Music MPEG 1 (2.8mb), Music MPEG 2 (6.0mb), Music MPEG 3 (4.5mb)]

Families queue up for character photos after the banquet on Thursday The evening ended with the Teen Dance (sorry, no photos -- parents weren't allowed) and character photos for the younger -- and older -- kids. Kids had a chance to get an autograph and photo taken with some of their favorite Disney characters. So did the big kids. [Getting autograph MPEG (2.6mb)] The first full day of Friends for Life 2003 came to a close rather late, as many teens went to the pool after the teen dance and didn't get in until after 1am.

 
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Will Cross getting the runners ready
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Tim and Jacob sprinted to the finish
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Dr. Richard Rubin
Dr. Richard Rubin giving the opening presentation
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  Dr. Steve Edelman
Dr. Steve Edelman talked about taking control of your diabetes
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Dr. Bill Quick
CWD Medical Director Dr. Bill Quick spoke about insulin and insulin delivery systems
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John Walsh introduces pump therapy
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Food games
The younger kids had a great time ...
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... playing food games
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Our generous sponsors
Our generous sponsors make Friends for Life possible, and they look great in their Sorcerer's Apprentice hats
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BROTHER playing after the banquet
Hamish, Angus and Rick of BROTHER played to a full house after the banquet
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The banquet hall
The banquet hall was packed with nearly 1,000 people
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Hamish Richardson and the band BROTHER ...
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Parents and kids ...
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... danced away the night
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