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Join us in White Plains!

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

Join us for Friends for Life White Plains the weekend of October 6-8, 2023 at the Sonesta White Plains!

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.

Join Us!

Registration is Closed

Speakers at a Glance

Meet our faculty, volunteers, and staff

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.

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 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

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Cancellation Policy
Cancellations prior to September 17, 2023 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee.
After September 17, 2023, no refunds are available.

Hotel Reservation Information

In the city center, Sonesta White Plains Downtown is in an area with good shopping. Westchester County Center and Capitol Theatre are cultural highlights, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit The Westchester Mall and New Roc City. Check out an event or a game at Yonkers Raceway, and consider making time for Rye Playland, a top attraction not to be missed. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including golfing.

Reserve your room online at ffl.is/WhitePlainsHotel.

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 $189 per night plus tax.

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


Exhibitor Information

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


Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, October 6

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 - 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, October 7

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 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, October 8

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 - 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

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