Children with Diabetes presents
Friends for Life® Winter 2020

Friends for Life Winter gives the diabetes community access to world-renowned clinicians, researchers, advocates, and industry partners. Going virtual means we can reach more people, connect with more families, and make even more of a difference in the lives of people touched by diabetes, without geographical limitations!

Each day of the conference is centered around a specific diabetes subject matter: Focus Group Friday, Psychosocial Saturday, and Science and Advocacy Sunday, with sessions and speakers aligned around these essential themes. We will also have an Exhibit Hall to showcase offerings from our sponsors. Come join us for the fun!

The conference may be virtual, but the friends are for life!

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Faculty and Staff

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

Conference at a Glance

Learn more about our educational sessions, including cutting-edge care, management ideas, and community support.


Registering for the Conference

Every conference participant needs to register for the conference

This dynamic weekend program is designed to offer sponsored focus groups on Friday, and a variety of educational sessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Following sessions, late afternoon and into the evening, there will be free time with open Zoom meeting rooms, where adults, parents, tweens, and teens can connect and talk. Some of our CWD friends and faculty will be dropping by the Zoom rooms throughout the weekend, so be on the lookout for special guests!  


Should I Attend?

YES!  CWD has invited some of the top experts in the research and clinical care to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available for Q&A during their presentations, as well as in open Zoom meeting rooms throughout the weekend. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. FFL Winter is a great, digital opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with CWD's wonderful and caring professionals ... from the comfort of your home.


"Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and families coming together to make this week of virtual ... magic happen. The emotions and tears of community joy can be felt around the world, knowing we are all in this together!"

VFFLO Attendee
Adult with T1D
Leila Blue

"I never ever thought I would be so emotional about something virtual coming to an end. It's that "don't want to take off your wrist band" kind of emotional. Our hears are full ... full enough to carry us until the next time."

Leila Blue

"So many companies and nonprofit cancelled their event with nothing to replace it. While we would all clearly rather be there in person, I'm so thankful that CWD was able to pivot ... to create the most amazing multi-day virtual event for our diabetes community."

Samantha Merwin

Get in the Spirit for Friends for Life Winter 2020

Virtual FFL Zoom Backgrounds

We've made some Zoom backgrounds for you to use during Friends for Life Winter 2020. 

Print Your Own FFL Bracelets

Green, Orange, and Yellow - ready to print, cut out, and wear during Friends for Life Winter 2020

Why Friends for Life matters ...

"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?"


Is FFL just for children and their families?

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.

But Friends for Life is not just for children. Friends for Life brings together all kinds of people impacted by diabetes, providing support and education for children, adults, caregivers, spouses, and friends. There's no limit to our community, or the inspiration you'll find there.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the necessary move to bring Friends for Life to our community virtually, increasing access to information and support while we wait to connect again in-person.

Thinking about attending? There's something for everyone, from the newly diagnosed family to the folks who have been living with diabetes for decades. Come join our Friends for Life Winter event, where we can cozy up to our computers, finding friends for life one keystroke at a time.


Families & Individuals

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


Adults with T1D

and their significant others, children, and friends


Grandparents & Other Caregivers

who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes



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


Health Care Professionals

who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)

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. "


Conference Schedule at a Glance

Focus Group Friday


Focus Groups from 9 am - 3 pm
Sponsor Virtual Booths from 6 - 8 pm

Psychosocial Saturday

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Focus on psychosocial issues. Youth programming.

Advocacy and Science Sunday

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Advocacy Keynote followed by scientific programming. Youth programming.