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Join us in Seattle!

Ready to reunite with your Friends for Life or looking to Find your Diabuddies? 

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

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.

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Speakers at a Glance

Meet our world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians and community members.
(Coming in January 2023)

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Conference at a Glance

Learn the flow of the conference, day by day

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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.

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.

Is cost a concern? A limited amount of scholarships may be available. The scholarship application will be online in early December 2022.

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 ffl.is/SeattleHotel.

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].

Conference Scholarships

Is cost a concern? A limited amount of scholarships may be available. The scholarship application will be online in early December 2022.

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Exhibitor Application

All exhibitors must register and complete a COVID and General waiver.

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 17

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 - 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, March 18

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 - 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. 

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.

The youth program will be online in early 2022

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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

LeighFickling2019TR

"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
CWD Mom
LeilaBlue2020TR

"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
CWD Mom
AmyBevan2015TR

"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?

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.

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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 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

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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 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