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Friends for Life: Orlando 2006 - Friday

Friday began with a scrumptious and healthy breakfast, courtesy of LifeScan. The day was packed full of sessions and discussion groups for parents. Each hour, there was a choice of 6-7 different sessions on all different topics and all different levels. There truly was something for everyone, whether you were brand new to type 1 diabetes or had been managing diabetes for years. Some highlights included a few new CWD sessions: Understanding the Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar (Irl Hirsch), Best Practices Update (Nathaniel Clark), Meter Accuracy and Continuous Monitoring (Bill Clarke), and Talking With Your Child About Diabetes (Joe Solowiejczyk).

CWD also welcomed back faculty, including Fran Kaufman, John Walsh, Bill Clarke, Crystal Jackson, Betty Brackenridge, Mike Schurig, and Rick Philbin. Dr. Elizabeth Fenjves from the Diabetes Research Institute presented a research update, and IDYA Founder Clare Rosenfeld presented an encore slide show of her travel to third world countries. And - always a hit - the Dads Discussion Group was facilitated this year by Stefan and Richard Rubin.

Additionally this year, CWD offered a grandparents track. On Friday afternoon, the grandparents concluded their sessions with a hands-on session, led by Betty Brackenridge and sponsored by BD. The session was intended to help grandparents get over some of the fears associated with hands-on management of their grandchild's diabetes. The feedback from grandparents was very positive, and we will offer this session again next year!

Also of note on Friday were Dr. Bob Bulgarelli's Stress Management workshops. There are participants who come to the conference solely for Dr. Bob – and they were not disappointed this year as three stress management workshops were offered back to back (one building upon the next)!

The teens headed off to Islands of Adventure for a day in the park, sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care. While on the surface, this excursion may look like a Play Day, in reality there are pages and pages of learning objectives behind it. A lot of planning and responsibility goes into spending a day in a hot park with lots of activity and other things to keep track of, and the teen staff encouraged the teens to be as independent as possible in managing the day. Teens checked in periodically for a bg check and a 'once over' (for those without diabetes), and they were a great group to work with. Many thanks to the chaperones for the day: Neal Billetdeaux, Chris Tull, Jim Vail, Scott Nagel, Anna and Mark Troisi, Ben Loebner, Dennis Jackson, Scott Kyllo, and Ken Rodenheiser ... and of course huge thanks (and lots of Tylenol) to Natalie Bellini, who coordinated the day.

The Tweener Group had a very fun Friday, beginning with a Martial Arts demo and exercise to DJ Miles. Many thanks to Marc Blatstein and Fran Ott for once again bringing their incredible martial arts expertise (and enthusiasm) to our families and kids. We so appreciate you being here with us at the conference! Later in the day, the tweeners participated in their own Scavenger Hunt in the Exhibit Hall, and ended the day with some well-earned pool time!

Elementary kids meanwhile had their own pool time schedule a bit earlier in the day. They also participated in the martial arts and dance/exercise sessions, and had additional Sports Central time with the VIP athletes! The elementary group ended the day by making memory books. These beautiful books, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, allowed the kids to record photos of their best buddies and new friends for life, as well as notes from them.

Friday night, the teens held a very special Teen Dinner Dance. It was a fancy affair in the Wedgwood Ballroom with music by DJ Tai, and the teens looked absolutely beautiful. Thank you to Ruth Mattingly for taking portraits of the teens outside the ballroom; and thank you to the evenings sponsors – Unomedical. The kids had such a great time.

Next door to the teens, the Tweener group had their own Friday evening social. DJ Steve made the evening fun and interactive, and the evening's sponsors – LifeScan – had some extra special glowy, sparkly, blinky treats for the tweeners! What a special evening. Many thanks to Kim Kelly and Melissa Ringley for arranging all the goodies, and to the many chaperones who kept the environment safe and fun.

Finally – Friday night was Open Gym night in Sports Central and Ballroom Dancing night in the Crystal Ballroom! Need we say more? (The photos tell it all.)

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Friday was the Teen Dinner Dance ...
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... and Tweener Social Night
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The CWD teens posed at Islands of Adventure
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On Friday, families sought autographs from Kevin Covais at the LifeScan and Novo Nordisk booths ...
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... and from Gary Hall, Jr. at the BD booth
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Jay Leeuwenburg fearlessly faced fencing champion Harry Mahaffey
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Under the gentle and watchful eye of Betty Brackenridge, grandparents learned "hands on" about glucose monitoring and insulin injections
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Elementary kids made CWD Memory Books at the end of the day on Friday
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