FFL College Park 2022 Horiz_BlackYellow
Join us in College Park!

Feeling like you need to reconnect?

Missing your diabetes friends – your Friends for Life?

Looking for a refresh for your diabetes care?

Join us for Friends for Life College Park the weekend of October 7-9 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center!

Join our dedicated group of world-renowned faculty, adults, children, and families with diabetes—including siblings and children of adults with type 1 diabetes—for a great weekend of education and support. Attend educational sessions with cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch kids and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians, all make new and lifelong friendships.

Join Us

Registration is open!

Speakers at a Glance

Meet our world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians and community members.

Conference at a Glance

Learn the flow of the conference, day by day

Is cost a concern? A limited amount of scholarships may be available. Please email CWD’s Director of Advancement, Matthew Point, at [email protected] to inquire about scholarship opportunities

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Learn More About Our Sponsors

Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

Registration is $210 per person for ages 6 and older, $60 per person for ages 0-5.

*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.


Registration includes:

All sessions for adults and children
Kiddie Kove for the youngest attendees (ages 0-5)
Access to the Exhibit areas
Reception on Friday evening
Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack breaks
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
One t-shirt per registered person


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to September 15, 2022 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee.
After September 15, 2022, no refunds are available.

The Hotel Room Block is Closed

Hotel Reservation Information

Located on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus, College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center offers visitors redesigned accommodations, thoughtful amenities and a prime location. Recharge in elegantly designed rooms and suites with indulgent bedding, cozy reading chairs, large workstations and Wi-Fi (complimentary to members). Work out in our 24-hour fitness center or indulge in delicious American cuisine at our recently reimagined restaurant and bar. The hotel boasts a sculpture gallery and a chic art gallery.

Reserve your room online at ffl.is/CollegeParkHotel.

The dates offered on the site for room reservations are those dates that CWD has contracted. If you would like to book hotel nights before or after that, you will need to contact the hotel to inquire about availability. The room rate is $119 to $129 per night plus tax.

For more conference information, including sponsorship and exhibitor information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at 734-353-9294 or [email protected].


Should I Attend?

"At this conference, dreams come true. It’s where, for one week out of the year, diabetes kids are the cool kids." - Alice Morgan


"FFL is always important to everyone but now, even more than before, it’s “essential.” We need our community and we need normalcy. FFL in July is normalcy. We can’t let COVID take that from us, too. It may look different but it will still be the same for so many of us."

Leigh Fickling

"FFL is the place where our T1D found his place. Where he stopped looking for people that GOT him and that understood him.  For our family, it has been like looking in the mirror and seeing a reflection of all that we fight for, believe in, love through and dream of. FFL is the rainbow that keeps our T1D family smiling through it all."

Leila Blue

"How can you not feel good about managing diabetes when you’re in that environment, soaking in the newest research, getting the chance to see cutting-edge technology up close, and connecting with new friends and old who just get it?"

Amy Beven
I'm a T1 and a Friend for Life

" Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone. "


Is this just for children and their families?

In 2021, even with reduced capacity due to COVID, over 950 people came from 41 states (plus DC and PR) and two other countries, including 299 first-timers.

Half of the people with diabetes were adults

Friends for Life® began when our amazing Laura Billetdeaux asked CWD families if they wanted to vacation together. That annual gathering turned into the conference it is today, and includes T1 adults, grandparents teens, tweens and toddlers, and siblings of people with diabetes.


Families & Individuals

with type 1 diabetes including toddlers, tweens, teens and young adults, as well as siblings


Adult Living with T1D

their partners and spouses, and their children and friends

FFL Orlando 2018 sisters

Siblings and Children

who, even though they don't have diabetes, they still live with diabetes


Grandparents and Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes


Health Care Professionals

who work with people living with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)

Why Friends for Life matters ...

"So many green bracelets symbolized those of us living with diabetes. Our loved ones wore orange. And everywhere I turned I didn’t feel the need to explain when I started to beep."  - Cara Richardson


Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, October 7

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration opens at 5:00 pm. Stop by to pick up your name badge, conference t-shirt, and green/orange bracelets nice and early! It's very easy to find other FFLs – look for the bracelets and conference tees!

Saturday, October 8

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sessions for adults and children begin at 9:00 am and run all day. Carb counted Opening Keynote Breakfast and lunch buffet will keep you well fed. Visit exhibitors from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Buffet dinner for all in the evening.

Sunday, October 9

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Carb counted breakfast buffet starts the day off right, followed by sessions all day for parents, adults, and kids. Fond farewells at the end of the day.