Children with Diabetes®
Friends for Life®
Orlando 2019
July 16 -21, 2019
Disney's Coronado
Springs Resort
Children with Diabetes®
Friends for Life®
Orlando 2019
July 16 -21, 2019
Disney's Coronado
Springs Resort
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" One of the most magical times for diabetes happens every year in July, with the annual Friends For Life® Conference hosted at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. "

Join us for our 20th Anniversary!

Yes, this year, Children with Diabetes presents our 20th annual Friends for Life conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes -- including siblings and children of adults with type 1 diabetes -- to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch toddlers and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you'll never forget!

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Join Us

Registration is open!

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Speakers at a Glance

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

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Conference at a Glance

Learn more about our educational sessions and shared cutting-edge care and management ideas.

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Photo Gallery

Check out the fun activities, world-class speakers, special events, and VIP guests.

OUR THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS

View All Sponsors →
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Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

Pricing information is online on our Registration Page. Note that pricing information is on a per person basis.
Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations – please make sure that you do both*.
*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.

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Registration includes:

All sessions and session materials for adults and children
Childcare for children age 5 and under
Wednesday Grand Opening Reception (6:00 p.m.)
Thursday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
Thursday Family and Friends Banquet (dinner)
Friday lunch and snack breaks
Friday Off-Site Day for teens
Saturday events
Sunday Farewell Breakfast
All of the various receptions/socials
(Teen Dance, Tween Social, Dessert with the Faculty)
One t-shirt per registered person

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Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations prior to June 1, 2019 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. After June 1, 2019, no refunds are available.

Kiddie Kove for our FFLs age 5 and under

FFLs age 5 and under will enjoy Kiddie Kove, a place to meet other kids and have a lot of fun. Parents need to sign up their kids before hand so we know how many Kiddie Kove staff to bring to Friends for Life Orlando. Use the link below to visit the Kiddie Kove registration form. Thanks.

Hotel Information

Hotel Reservation Link

You may reserve a room online at www.mydisneygroup.com/ffl2019.

A few things to note in regard to this online room registration process:

  • Disney’s Online booking site is available for booking, modifying and canceling reservations 24/7. Should you need assistance while booking your reservation, please contact Group Reservations by calling 407-939-4686 during business hours – Monday - Friday.
  • 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 Housing office to inquire about availability.
  • Please put the names and ages for any children in your group under the “other information” section of the guest information landing page.

You may book Disney’s Magical Express reservations by visiting www.disneyconventiontickets.com/disneyworld/transportation/ or by calling (407) 827-6777 with your flight information AFTER your hotel reservation has been entered into the system and you have received the Resort Confirmation email.

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

Conference Scholarships

Children with Diabetes offers scholarships for families and young adults. Applications must be received by April 15, 2019. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2019. 

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Information for Exhibitors

Details for conference exhibitors, including floor plan, application documents, and registration information.

Read reports from Orlando 2018 and Orlando 2017 to see what the conference is all about

Important Screenings at Friends for Life®

Friends for Life® Orlando offers valuable opportunities to try products including insulin pumps, and important screenings for TrialNet and celiac as well as retinal screening.

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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

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"This is the power of a community. This is what they meant when they said 'it takes a village.'"

Noor Alramahi
PWD
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"Friends for Life personally changed my own life. It showed me that there is a place for everybody in this world."

Michelle Auerbach
PWD
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"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
CWD Mom
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. "

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Is this just for children and their families?

In 2018, over 2,000 people came from 46 states and a dozen countries, including 700 first-timers.

47% 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.

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Families & Individuals

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

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Adult T1s

their partners and spouses, and their children and friends

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Siblings

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

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Grandparents and Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes

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Health Care Professionals

who work 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

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Day 1

MONDAY, JULY 15 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Move-in day for Registration and Sports Central. Lots of families will be on site already. Wear a T1 t-shirt and find some FFL families at the pool or park! Retinal screening day for staff with T1.

Day 2

TUESDAY, JULY 16 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Registration is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so pick up your name badge, conference t-shirt, and green/orange bracelets nice and early! Retinal screenings begin for attendees with T1. TrialNet and Celiac screenings begin. Pump Trials begin. It's very easy to find other FFLs – look for the bracelets and conference tees! Sports Central opens. Discussion groups and informal social get togethers will be held to help people meet each other. For Youth Program Staff, training is from noon to 5 p.m. Staff dinner and team-building at Splitsville. 

Day 3

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

First Timers Orientation begins at 9 a.m. (this is for adults; children are invited to participate in their age group activities down the hall). Focus groups, discussions, and presentations will be held all day. Drop-In Youth Program activities for elementary age kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12) are offered in Fiesta 5 and Fiesta 6. Childcare for little ones age 5 and under is available by pre-registration only in Monterrey. The Teen program is a full day of activities in Coronado L-T. Sports Central is open. Screenings (Retinal, TrialNet, Celiac) continue. Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall opens at 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with a Grand Opening Reception with lots of food. The Quilt for Life opens in the Exhibit Hall.

Day 4

THURSDAY, JULY 18 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Sessions for adults and children are offered all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Sports Central, Screenings, and Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall is open all day. The Family and Friends Banquet and Dance from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. – with DJ Miles – includes everyone – no tickets required if you are registered for the conference! This year is our very special Friends for Life 20th Anniversary Ball. Yes, it’s a fancy ball ... dress up… whatever ‘fancy’ means to you. We will have some very special Disney guests for photos and meet-and-greets once the celebration begins.

Day 5

FRIDAY, JULY 19 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Sessions for adults and children all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Teens are offsite at Epcot Center. (Important note: Teens must attend all four sessions on Thursday in order to participate on Friday); Sports Central and Screenings continue. Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall closes at 4 p.m. There will be a Young Adult Dinner for ages 18-25. Dessert and Posters with the Faculty is back (all ages welcome), as is the T1 Adults Social Event (T1 Adults and their partners) and Family Movie Night (for the younger crowd and their parents). 

Day 6

SATURDAY, JULY 20 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

TBD family day; special activities will be announced. Saturday evening features the Teen Dance and Tween Social. The Family Fun Night (for any age) will also be back this year. Sports Central is open until 3:00 pm 

Day 7

SUNDAY, JULY 21 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Farewell breakfast and tearful goodbyes.

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Speakers at a Glance

" This conference had so many amazing people presenting on so many topics such as Parenting Your Tween, Support through Social Media, Diabetes Advocates Masterlab, Positive Caregiving, Family Teamwork in Diabetes Management, The Bionic Pancreas, Type 1 Diabetes in School, and many more great topics. "

SPEAKERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

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OUR THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS