In light of the widespread impact of the delta variant, we are moving Friends for Life White Plains to a virtual format. More information will be posted here soon.

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Speakers at a Glance

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Conference at a Glance

Day by day plans



Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

Registration is $200 per person for ages 6 and older, $50 per person for age 5 and under.

*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.


Registration includes:

All sessions and session materials for adults and children
Kiddie Kove for children age 5 and under
Friday Opening of the Exhibits (6:00 p.m.)
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks
One t-shirt per registered person


Registration is closed for now. 


Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations prior to September 17, 2021 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. After September 17, 2021, no refunds are available.

Conference Scholarships

Children with Diabetes offers scholarships for families and young adults. Applications must be received by August 15, 2021. Recipients will be notified by September 1, 2021, at which time they will be provided with instructions on how to register for the conference.

Virtual Conference Plans

Due to the smaller nature of this regional conference, we do not plan to livestream any sessions.

Hotel Information

Hotel Reservation Information

VERY IMPORTANT: Booking a room at the Sonesta White Plains Downtown does not mean that you are registered for the conference. Please register for the conference first and then book your hotel room. FFL White Plains 2021 will have reduced capacity this year due to COVID mitigation protocols. We expect the conference to sell out, and we will not be accepting in person registrations at the conference.

Reserve your room online at the Sonesta White Plains web site. Note that on-site parking is $10 per night.

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

Read reports from Orlando 2019 and Orlando 2018 to see what our in-person conferences are all about


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 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

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

Michelle Auerbach

"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?

In 2019, over 2,027 people came from 41 states (plus DC and PR) and seven other countries, including 510 first-timers.

48% of people with diabetes were adults

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 of people with diabetes.


Families & Individuals

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


Adults Living with T1D

their partners and spouses, and their children and friends

FFL Orlando 2018 sisters

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


Conference Schedule at a Glance


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 - 5:00 PM - 9:00PM

Registration opens at 5:00 pm. Sponsor's Exhibits open from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Light snacks and refreshments.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sessions for adults, parents and youth. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Exhibits open.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sessions for adults, parents and youth. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Exhibits open.

Our Sponsors Make Friends for Life Possible