Children with Diabetes presents
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!
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.
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 Virtual FFL Orlando.
Print Your Own FFL Bracelets
Green, Orange, and Yellow - ready to print, cut out, and wear during Friends for Life Winter 2020
"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
and their significant others, children, and friends
Grandparents and 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)
" 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
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 - 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM EASTERN
Focus Groups during the afternoon
Sponsor Virtual Booths in the late afternoon and evening
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.