FFL Fall 2021 - A Week of Virtual Celebration
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Friends for Life® Fall 2021 - A Week of Virtual Celebration

Does your diabetes need a boost? A little revitalization? Come join the CWD team for our Friends for Life Fall 2021, where the focus is on a week of celebration leading up to World Diabetes Day on November 14.

At Friends for Life Fall 2021, our team will bring families like yours the science-based information you need from the world-renowned speakers in the diabetes community, to help you thrive with diabetes. Tuesday night will open with a keynote presentation on the discovery of insulin. On Wednesday we'll get back to basics with Diabetes 101 and Carb Counting. Thursday brings our psychologist for discussions on the impact of technology and getting support. On Friday we will focus on advocacy. Saturday is about diabetes technology. Sunday will be a celebration of 100 Years of Us! Each day will include open hallways for casual connections, an info desk for questions, and time to visit with our amazing sponsors in the exhibit halls.

The conference may be virtual, but the friends are for life!

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Conference at a Glance

Day-by-day sessions


Registering for the Conference

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This dynamic program is designed to offer time to connect with our sponsors and take in a keynote presentation on Tuesday, and a variety of educational sessions during the evenings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Following sessions, there will be free time with open Zoom meeting rooms, where adults, parents, tweens, and teens can connect and talk. Some of our CWD friends and faculty will be dropping by the Zoom rooms throughout the conference, so be on the lookout for special guests!  


Should I Attend?

YES!  CWD has invited some of the top experts in the research and clinical care to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available for Q&A during their presentations, as well as in open Zoom meeting rooms throughout the conference. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. FFL Fall 2021 is an intimate digital opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with CWD's wonderful and caring professionals ... from the comfort of your home.


"Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and families coming together to make this week of virtual ... magic happen. The emotions and tears of community joy can be felt around the world, knowing we are all in this together!"

VFFLO Attendee
Adult with T1D
Leila Blue

"I never ever thought I would be so emotional about something virtual coming to an end. It's that "don't want to take off your wrist band" kind of emotional. Our hearts are full ... full enough to carry us until the next time."

Leila Blue

"So many companies and nonprofit cancelled their event with nothing to replace it. While we would all clearly rather be there in person, I'm so thankful that CWD was able to pivot ... to create the most amazing multi-day virtual event for our diabetes community."

Samantha Merwin

Get in the Spirit for Friends for Life Fall 2021

Virtual FFL Zoom Backgrounds

We've made some Zoom backgrounds for you to use during Friends for Life Fall 2021. 

Print Your Own FFL Bracelets

Green, Orange, and Yellow - ready to print, cut out, and wear during Friends for Life Fall 2021


Is FFL just for children and their families?

Friends for Life® began when 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.

But Friends for Life is not just for children. Friends for Life brings together all kinds of people impacted by diabetes, providing support and education for children, adults, caregivers, spouses, and friends. There's no limit to our community, or the inspiration you'll find there.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the necessary move to bring Friends for Life to our community virtually, increasing access to information and support while we wait to connect again in-person.

Thinking about attending? There's something for everyone, from the newly diagnosed family to the folks who have been living with diabetes for decades. Come join our Friends for Life Fall 2021 event, where we can cozy up to our computers, finding friends for life one keystroke at a time.


Families & Individuals

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


Adults with T1D

and their significant others, children, and friends


Grandparents & Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes



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


Health Care Professionals

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

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. "


Conference Schedule at a Glance

Sessions begin on Tuesday, November 9 and end on Sunday, November 14 -- World Diabetes Day! Click the days below to see the sessions scheduled. Our virtual exhibit hall will be open too, with details on sessions and events by our sponsors coming soon. We will send instructions on connecting to these sessions on Monday, November 8 to everyone who has registered. Note all times are Eastern US.


TUESDAY, November 9

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Opening Keynote: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle
Arthur Ainsberg

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Tandem Diabetes Care Company Corner
Meet with a Tandem Diabetes Care representative to learn more about the t:slim X2 insulin pump with Control-IQ technology

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Learn about early screening for type 1 diabetes (T1D)
Join Jacquelyn Brown, PhD at Provention Bio as she explains T1D risk factors, how The Type 1 Test works, and the benefits of knowing the test results as early as possible.


WEDNESDAY, November 10, 2021

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm -- Workout with Lauren Salko
Join us for a virtual ambassador workout with Professional Freestyle Skier, Lauren Salko

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Back to Basics: Diabetes 101
Kajal Ghandi, DO, MPH

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Carb Counting
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RDN, CDCES, CDN


THURSDAY, November 11, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Navigating Diabetes Technologies and Sharing Data
Julie Gettings, PhD

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Teamwork in Diabetes: Leveraging and Lending Diabetes-Related Support
Jessie Wong, PhD


FRIDAY, November 12, 2021 

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm -- Diabetes Advocacy in the U.S.
Stewart Perry and George Huntley

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -- Advocating for Your Child
Leigh Fickling, JD and Jeff Karitis


SATURDAY, November 13, 2021 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Making the Most of your Closed Loop System
Daniel DeSalvo, MD

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -- Getting Insulin into Your Body: Infusion Sets, Site Rotation, and More
Marissa Town, RN, BSN, CDCES


SUNDAY, November 14, 2021

11:00 am - 12:00 pm -- World Diabetes Day 2021 Celebration
Join members of the CWD team and the CWD community for a day of celebration and reflection on World Diabetes Day 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -- Meet the CWD Team and Learn About FFL 2022
Meet the CWD team -- Jeff, Laura, Marissa, Matt, and Sasha -- and hear about our plans for Friends for Life 2022 conferences

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm -- Wait Wait… Don’t Poke Me! The Diabetes Game Show
Join Stacey Simms for a fun take-off of the popular NPR game show! Stacey is the host of the award-winning weekly podcast Diabetes Connections