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  Back to 2011 Conference Friends for Life 2011 Sports Central Staff

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Rick Philbin, MED, MBA, ATC, is the East Field Director for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in the Washington, DC area. He is currently on the board of directors of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Rick has been working with CWD for seven years presenting to parents, coordinating the sports programming for kids, and writing articles on the CWD website called the Sports Corner. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, he practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump. Rick lives in the Washington, DC area.

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Testing blood sugars in the middle of the night is something most people with diabetes have mastered, but marathon swimmer Jen Alexander takes it to a new level: she tests her blood sugar in the middle of the night while treading water and getting stung by jellyfish! Jen was diagnosed when she was 13 years old - back when blood tests took 3-5 minutes. Jen has swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco, around parts of Manhattan, and in lakes and oceans around the Maritimes. In 2007, after swimming for 19 hours and 17 minutes, Jen became the first person to swim a double-crossing of Canada's Northumberland Strait. During the best 10 hours of this world-record swim, her blood sugar averaged 112 mg/dl (6.2 mmol/L) without any lows. In 2007, Jen was awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association's Inspiration Award. In 2008, Jen was honored with the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association's "Athlete of the Year" award.

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Danny Ambrosini is a former basketball player and current dodge ball referee at CWD. He is associate director of the blue collar division for the New York City municipal employees union and the greatest "type 3" support system for Judith Jones Ambrosini.

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Her insulin infused engine continues to dance, bike, walk marathons, jog and play tai chi after 49 years of living a good life with type 1 diabetes. Judith Ambrosini is a diabetes journalist and writer who is currently working on a book about female athletes with diabetes, The Sisterhood of Diabetes. She is a former ADA affiliate board member who organized "Fitness Afoot" walks in NYC's Central Park. She is currently a DESA board member and a contributor to Diva-betics.


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Kurt Bauman was diagnosed at the age of 35 with Type 1. In an effort to push back at his diabetes he is on a mission to run 50 marathons in 50 states. He currently has completed 22 marathons in 21 states. His son Trent was diagnosed April 1st, 2010. Kurt runs to motivate and encourage others to live life to the fullest!

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Ryan DeGroff is 20 years old and has been living with type 1 diabetes for 13 years. During this time, Ryan never once allowed it to slow him down; growing up, he played every sport possible! Once Ryan entered high school, he began to focus on football and baseball, continuing to play through his first two years of college at Plymouth State University. He discovered that diabetes made him who he was every time he stepped on the field. Finding a way to balance diabetes with his strenuous lifestyle was not easy. Ryan states, “Sharing my struggles and achievements with younger diabetic children is my goal in life.” This is Ryan’s 3rd Friends for Life conference as Sports Central staff!


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Athletics and adventures were an integral part of life growing up, but type 1 diabetes only entered the game plan at the age of 19 while a college sophomore in 1995. Since then Jimmy Dodson has worked to learn how good glucose management practices become a part of, yet not a limiting factor, to exploring the world and challenges he enjoys. The 2005 winner of the DESA-LifeScan Athletic Achievement award and 2009 winner of the REI Anderson award, he is an "all-arounder" -- a climber, cyclist, runner, skier, fly-fisherman, wilderness first responder, adventure athlete, and diabetes advocate in his spare time. Professionally he is a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist and NC Registered Forester for the College of Natural Resources at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.

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Ellen Esterhay, age 19, was diagnosed with type 1 at eight years old. She has attended every CWD FFL Orlando conference, beginning in 2000 when she was newly diagnosed, and says she can't imagine life without CWD. Ellen is now a sophomore at Hamilton College where she is a member of the women's lacrosse team. She is currently studying Chinese language and government and enjoys painting.

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2011 will be the fourth year that Liz Jones has helped out in Sports Central. She has a long history of working with all ages in a variety of settings, including teaching dance and nature programs. Since becoming a type 3 three years ago, she's had the pleasure of playing with the entire CWD family!


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Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1984, Bill King was an elite runner, training to compete in his fourth marathon. Shortly after diagnosis he became a study group member of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and continues in the extension study (EDIC). Bill started on an insulin pump in 1996 and five months later ran his first marathon with diabetes. He finished well enough to qualify for the Boston marathon. Bill has run 17 marathons since wearing an insulin pump. He continues to compete and coach. He also speaks to patient and clinical groups about the benefits and challenges of living an active life with diabetes. Bill works as the manager of Patient Relations for the Animas Corporation and was the first person with diabetes hired in June 1999.

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Ben Stroud has been attending FFL since 2003, the last three years as a volunteer in Sports Central. Ben, diagnosed at the age of 10, is now 23 and has FFL all over the world and his goal is to go and visit every one of them! Ben was a member of the one and only official CWD soccer team that toured Italy in 2004, he loves sports, working in Sports Central with his brother James and adding countries to his list of places to go!

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James Stroud is a 20 year old student attending Chico State University in Northern California studying business. He is also the goalkeeper for the nationally ranked Chico State men's soccer team (Go Wildcats!) and is looking forward to his junior year. Growing up with his brother Ben who's had diabetes for 13 years, James has always been supportive and has strived to understand diabetes so he can always be there for Ben. Attending CWD for many years, James has made lifelong friends. He looks forward to working in Sports Central with his brother Ben, challenging and motivating kids to get moving, and have fun doing it

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Trevor Tull is a 22 year old college student and full-time Toyota mechanic. He has been attending Friends for Life since 2003, after being diagnosed with type 1 when he was 13. He loves to surf, body board, play ice hockey, and ride dirt bikes. He has never let his diabetes slow him down and loves being able to now give back to his CWD family!

  Friends for Life 2011 Conference and Expo  
  Introduction - Registration - Childcare Form - FAQs - Sponsors - Exhibitors - Venue Map  
  Faculty - Youth Faculty - CWD Staff - Grandparents Faculty - Sports Central Staff  
  Teen Driving Clinic - Diabetes Scholars Foundation Golf Fundraiser  
  Schedule: Parents & Adults - Youth - Focus Groups  
  FFL Reports from 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001  



                 
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