T-1 Today, dba Children with Diabetes, is proud to announce and welcome Marissa Town, BSN, RN, CDCES as the non-profit’s Clinical Director. Town will be responsible for overseeing Friends for Life conference faculty, working with the CWD team to develop conference programs, and will oversee clinical content on the ChildrenWithDiabetes.com digital platforms.
Diagnosed at the age of two, Town has had type 1 diabetes for 31 years and grew up attending the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conferences since the first event in 2000. A nurse and diabetes educator, Marissa has worked in a diabetes clinic, as a pump trainer, and most recently is working as a Clinical Research Manager at Stanford University on the artificial pancreas team as well as on other research studies.
CWD Chairman of the Board, Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, former Surgeon General of the United States, said, “Marissa brings passion, knowledge, skills, professionalism, and enthusiasm to our organization. This position is a quantum leap in addressing our mission, to provide care while awaiting a cure to families with diabetes. As a person who is living with type 1 diabetes, she has the unique life background to understand the challenges of those with this disease, as well as the capability to speak in their language about what is important to them.”
As the CWD team continues to grow and our educational sessions expand, Marissa will help bring the mission of Children with Diabetes into the digital era of virtual education, in-person events, and evidence-based inspiration and hope.
“It is an honor to join the CWD team and assist the CWD Board, staff and volunteers and families in providing families with diabetes a trusted source of knowledge.” said Town. “Creating a place for people with diabetes to connect with and learn from each other is especially important during a time of uncertainty.”