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The conference is virtual,
but the friends are for life.
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The conference is virtual, but the friends are for life.

CWD's Friends for Life conference is internationally recognized, globally attended, and supported by staff and faculty who are on this diabetes journey together. And while our mission remains unchanged, our ways of connecting with one another in 2020 are being modified for safety.

We're not cancelling our Friends for Life Orlando 2020 conference, but in order to keep everyone safe and offer an exceptional Friends for Life experience, we will be shifting to a Virtual Plus mode for our July event. (More on the "plus" part soon, but it will be an experience that you can hold, wear, keep, and treasure!)

We wish we could get together in person, but the safety and health of our community comes first.

Whether we're together in person or connecting virtually, we are a CWD family. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact, but not the way we connect, support, and inspire one another. Thank you for continuing to be part of our family. We're proud to be part of yours.

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Safe and happy. That’s the responsibility of every parent, ensuring that their children are safe and happy.

And that's our job at Children with Diabetes.  To keep our families and friends safe in these times of COVID-19, we are transitioning our annual Friends For Life event into a virtual Friends for Life celebration, like magic!

Be safe, be happy, stay at home, wash your hands, and have a Magical Day!

Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM
Former Surgeon General of the United States and Chairman of the CWD Board
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Children with Diabetes presents our 21st annual Friends for Life conference - no matter what.  Even with COVID-19 causing conference cancellations across the country, the CWD family remains strong in our dedication to the diabetes community. So you can still join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes -- including siblings and children of adults with type 1 diabetes -- to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend virtual educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups via closed video chat, share your story, and help motivate and support others who are dealing with diabetes, too. Kids and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians will make new and lifelong friendships.

Despite going digital, Virtual FFL Orlando will still have the warmth and love of every other FFL event. This is a conference you'll never forget!  

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Have Questions? We Have Answers!

We know there will be a lot of questions about our new virtual format, and we're here to help. Check out our FAQ page to see if we have already addressed your concern, and please reach out to us if there's anything we haven't covered.  

New to Friends for Life? These will help you navigate your first event.

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Join Us

Registration is open!

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Faculty and Staff

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

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Conference at a Glance

Learn more about our educational sessions and shared cutting-edge care and management ideas.

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Photo Gallery

Check out the fun activities, world-class speakers, special events, and VIP guests.

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Registering for the Virtual FFL Orlando Conference

Registration for Virtual Friends for Life Orlando 2020 is free, and every conference participant needs to register.  We have a special code for our virtual conference - you'll see it on the dropdown menu.

IMPORTANT:  If you already registered for our in-person event and would like a refund, please reach out to [email protected].

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Your conference registration includes:

Participation in all virtual sessions (and we're offering a full slate of options!)

Your own, personal "Box of FFL," containing:

  • One conference t-shirt per person
  • One printed "Friends for Life Orlando 2020" program, with descriptions of our faculty, staff, sponsors, and stories from our FFL family
  • Green and orange wristbands for your family
  • Your conference name badges, lanyards ... and stickers!
  • Giveaways and goodies from our generous sponsors

The "Box of FFL" is limited to U.S. addresses only and will be sent to the first 500 registrants. As of May 2020, we have met the limit for the Box of FFL But we'll have ways to purchase CWD swag from our Cafepress store in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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Important Information About Hotel Reservations

If you reserved a room at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Online booking site is available for modifying and canceling reservations 24/7. Should you need assistance while booking your reservation, please contact Group Reservations by calling 407-939-4686 during business hours – Monday - Friday.

"The conference is virtual, but the friends are for life."

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Read reports from Orlando 2019 and Orlando 2018 to see what the conference is all about

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Should I Attend?

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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
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"I could even download the slides or ask questions ... how cool is that? Virtual conferences are amazing!"

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I am proud of the CWD team for being nimble and positive in the face of this pandemic. They managed to convert an in-person conference to a virtual one in a matter of weeks, and the generosity of sponsors, presenters, and CWD staff and faculty makes me immeasurably proud to be part of the diabetes community.

This is what we're about: being there for one another, no matter what.

Kerri Sparling
PWD and CWD Board Member
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" 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?

In 2019, over 2,100 people came from 46 states and a dozen countries, including 700 first-timers.

47% of 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 T1s

their partners and spouses, and their children and friends

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Siblings

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

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 - 9:00AM - 8:00PM

First Timers Orientation begins at 9:00 am. Focus groups, discussions, and presentations will be held all day. Youth Program activities begin. Virtual Grand Opening Reception and opening of the Virtual Exhibit Hall at 6:00 pm.

Thursday

THURSDAY, JULY 16 - 9:00AM - 8:00PM

Sessions for adults and children are offered all day. The Virtual Exhibit Hall is open between sessions. The Virtual Family and Friends Banquet and Dance begins at 6:00pm 

Friday

FRIDAY, JULY 17 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Sessions for adults and children all day. The Virtual Exhibit Hall closes at 4 pm. Virtual Family Movie Night begins at 7:00 pm. Dessert and Posters with the Faculty begins at 8:00 pm. 

Saturday

SATURDAY, JULY 18 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Attend the Advocacy Keynote in the morning. Learn about the discovery of insulin. Have a dance party in your kitchen, or do some yoga to keep moving. Saturday evening features the Family Fun Night and Teen Dance - more details on those social events coming soon!

Sunday

SUNDAY, JULY 19 - 9:00AM - 10:00 AM

Shared Virtual Farewell Breakfast and tearful goodbyes.

Virtual Friends for Life Orlando 2020 will be delivered live via Zoom meetings and webinars. Please download and install the latest Zoom client (Version 5 as of May 2020) on your devices. Zoom 5 has enhanced security features to ensure that you can experience Virtual Friends for Life Orlando 2020 safely. Learn more at Zoom.us. If you've never used Zoom, you can test it out using Zoom's test room at zoom.us/test.

Get in the Spirit for Virtual FFL Orlando 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 Virtual FFL Orlando.

Virtual FFL Orlando 2020 Logo

Want to print your own Virtual FFL Orlando shirt, make a mug, or share in social media? Get the logo.

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Can you show what life with diabetes is really like in 60 seconds or less? Share a glimpse in your diabetes life - highlight the funny, the serious, the insightful, the inspiring … whatever feels right. Use your cell phone, movie camera, or iPad to record. You’re the director!

We will show the five winning videos during Thursday evening's Virtual Family and Friends Banquet.

Docu-Diabetes Videos are due by July 12th, 2020

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Faculty and Staff

CWD has invited some of the top experts in the diabetes community to share their experience and wisdom with you, and our Friends for Life staff is working hard to bring you a great virtual conference experience.