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Join us in Falls Church!

Craving that meaningful reconnection? Join us for Friends for Life Falls Church on April 5-7, 2024 at the Falls Church Marriott.

Immerse yourself in a supportive community of world-renowned faculty, adults, children, and families living with diabetes – including siblings and children of adults with type 1 diabetes. This incredible weekend offers enriching educational sessions with cutting-edge diabetes management ideas, engaging discussion groups, and a platform to share your own story while motivating and supporting others who walk a similar path.

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Registration

Registration Icon   Registration cost for all ages: $150

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference. Registration is $150 per person. Registration will increase to $250 per person on April 3.

Note: You must register for the conference and book your hotel room. Registration for the conference does not include your hotel room.

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

Cancellations prior to March 15, 2024, will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee.

After March 15, 2024, no refunds are available.

Reserving Your Hotel

Registration Icon   FFL Hotel: Falls Church Marriott

Friends for Life Falls Church will be held at the newly renovated Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, located near the Mosaic District, Tysons Corner, as well as the many attractions of Washington, D.C. The Greatroom is part lobby, part cocktail lounge and part workspace, creating an ideal place to relax, grab a drink, and hang out with your Fiffles (Friends for Life). The hotel has a 24-hour gym, offering cardio machines, Peloton bikes, free weights and more. Stop by Tandem Restaurant & Bar for Starbucks® coffee in the morning and flavorful American dining and drinks in the evening.

Reserve your room online at ffl.is/FallsChurchHotel.

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 $149 per night plus tax.

Questions about conferences, exhibitions, hotels, or sponsorships? Contact the CWD team at [email protected]

FFL Scholarships

Registration Icon   Scholarships are open

A Friends for Life Falls Church 2024 Scholarship includes:

  • One hotel room at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park (accommodating up to four people in the room) for two (2) nights (arrive Friday, depart Sunday), and
  • Conference registration for up to four (4) people.

Transportation expenses, including any parking expenses, are not included. Costs for additional people and other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient.

Attendees will also be responsible for any meals not included in the conference.

Recipients must be willing and able to provide a personal payment method at check-in for any incidental charges. The hotel may put a hold on this card that will drop off after check-out. Please prepare accordingly.

Our scholarship program is designed for individuals and families who would otherwise be unable to attend FFL without our support. You will be asked to submit your most recent W-2 and paystubs to verify financial need.

Thanks to our 2024 Regional Conference Sponsors!

Gvoke Exhibit Hall

Interested in becoming an Exhibitor?

A limited number of exhibitor spaces may be available. Please contact Matt Point for availability.

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, April 5th – 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, April 6, 2024

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.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

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.

Girls with Bracelets

Why We Wear Green + Orange Bracelets

The bracelets? They were a mix of necessity and practicality, sprinkled with some pretty significant magic. Attendees who wear green bracelets are living with type 1 diabetes, everyone else—their parent, guardian, spouse, significant other, friend, etc.—wear orange bracelets. But the “magic” is what these green and orange bracelets have come to mean. The magic has been added by this green and orange – and sometimes yellow – amazing international tribe, tens of thousands of people strong, over a span of twenty years.

Is Friends for Life just for children and their families?

No! In 2023, over 21% of attendees were adults living with T1D.

Families and Individuals

Families & People with T1D

including toddlers, tweens, teens and young adults, as well as siblings

Adults with T1D

Adult with T1D Their Partners

and spouses, and their children and friends

Siblings

Siblings and Children

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

Grandparents

Grandparents & Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes

HCP

Health Care Professionals

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

Friends for Life Orlando is a community who truly gets it. It’s a place where you can drop your guard, share your stories, and feel completely understood without judgment. It means a lot to be around folks who truly understand and support each other.

–Jordan, Significant Other to a T1D

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