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Join us in Seattle!

Looking to boost your diabetes knowledge or simply want to connect with your diabuddies (aka your Friends for Life, your Fiffles)?

Join us for Friends for Life Seattle March 17-19, 2023, at the Renaissance Seattle!

CWD is excited to connect you with the Friends for Life community of families living with type 1 diabetes (both children and adults) along with the incredible speakers and volunteers who make Friends for Life the life-changing experience it is. Learn from the top diabetes experts about the future of diabetes research, how to manage the tools and technologies we have today, how to cope with the day-in-day-out demands of diabetes on the whole family, and more! Meet other folks who have similar life experiences, share your story, teach others the lessons you’ve learned, and learn from those you meet there. Friends for Life has something for everyone who lives with T1D and their loved ones—we can’t wait to see you there!

Join Us

Registration is open!

Faculty and Staff

Meet our world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians and community members as well as the staff that make Friends for Life happen!

Conference at a Glance

Learn the flow of the conference, day by day

Thanks to our 2023 Regional Conference Sponsors!

Learn More About Our Sponsors

Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

Registration is $225 per person for ages 6 and older, $75 per person for ages 0-5
Registration increases to $300 per person for ages 6 and older and $100 per person for ages 0-5 on March 10

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

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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, and snack breaks
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
One t-shirt per registered person

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Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to March 10, 2023 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee.
After March 10, 2023, no refunds are available.

Hotel Reservation Information

Discover the gem of the Pacific Northwest’s “Emerald City” at the Renaissance Seattle. Taking a cue from the iconic architecture of the Seattle Central Library, you will find a sophisticated literary theme throughout the Hotel. Whether you are reading a book in our Media Room or out exploring our unique and exciting neighborhood like a local, you will enjoy this vibrant and stylish hotel in downtown Seattle. Conveniently located near our sports facilities, as well as Pike Place Market, The Gum Wall, and upscale shopping and dining. Our Navigators stand by to curate an indigenous and local experience. Our great location eliminates travel stress thanks to easy access to major freeways and Sea-Tac International Airport. Unwind in spacious, guest rooms with stunning views of Puget Sound, the mountains and city skyline. Enjoy delightful PNW cuisine, locally sourced and sustainable in The Fig and The Judge or celebrate with a unique cocktail made by our expert mixologists in The 515.

Reserve your room online at

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 $165 per night plus tax.

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


Exhibitor Application

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


Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 17

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration opens at 6:00 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, March 18

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 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. 

From 7:00–9:00 pm, there will be an adult reception with finger foods and a cash bar. Please eat dinner beforehand.

Sunday, March 19

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 - 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.


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?

At FFL Orlando 2022, over 1,700 people came from 45 states and 12 other countries, including 703 first-timers.

More than 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

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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