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Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002 - Saturday

Saturday was the Children with Diabetes Foundation Benefit Day at Universal Studios, sponsored by TheraSense. Over 500 people met at the park to enjoy a wonderful day in the beautiful southern California sun. Everyone wearing our event T-shirt or tank top, or with the special event purple wrist band that we received, was able to use a special "VIP" entrance for all of the attractions. Most families were able to see everything they wanted to in the park in one day using these special passes, which made for an especially enjoyable day for people who traveled from afar.

While the morning in Universal City was down right chilly, the day quickly warmed under the sunny skies. Groups of teens could be seen headed off to the more adventurous attractions, such as the Jurassic Park ride (yes, you get very, very wet) or the Mummy Returns (if you carry a scared child through, the actors dressed up as monsters don't bother you). A large group of families found their way to the mid-afternoon Waterworld showing and were treated to great seats (courtesy of our purple arm bands) and a pyrotechnic extravaganza.

Laura sure knows how to plan a great party! Dinner at the Globe Theater offered a great break from the heat and a chance for families to meet up after a fun day at Universal Studios. Five hundred CWD family members enjoyed good food, character photographs (Spiderman was a big hit), and fun entertainment. Who would have thought that kids and adults knew how to do the hula hoop? Younger kids had great fun getting tattooed by Hollywood makeup artists. Life every meal at Friends for Life, taking insulin before meals was the normal thing to do.

A larger Curious George joined us for dinner It was quite a pleasant surprise to see Curious George show up to greet the kids at the Globe Theater, since all the kids had received a free -- though just a little smaller -- Curious George stuffed animal from the Diabetes Research Institute earlier in the week. In addition to Curious George and Spiderman, families were greeted by Lucy, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, and, even more importantly, Ken Bernstein, a recipient of an islet cell transplant who is now insulin independent after 47 years on insulin. Ken inspired us all with his courage and we are all grateful to him and everyone else who has participated in the pioneering islet transplantation trials.

Globe Theater Marquee Lit Up at Night As night fell upon Universal Studios and Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002, the third annual Children with Diabetes Conference, wound down, the illuminated marquee on the Globe Theater summed up the thoughts of almost everyone: "BLOCKBUSTER HIT: MOST FUN I'VE HAD ALL YEAR!" See you all next year at Friends for Life: Disney 2003, to be held from July 9-12, 2003 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

-- JSH

 
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Universal Studios opened at 9am
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Kids enjoyed the shark from Jaws
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Friends for Life shirts could be seen everywhere
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Teens show off their pumps at lunch
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A family posed for a photo
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Families sought relief from the heat at water attractions
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Dinner was sponsored by TheraSense
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Dr. Bill Quick takes a break
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Myron, Maria and Christina take a break
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The Lannings grab a bite to eat
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