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Disney 2001 - Friday

Dr. Richard Rubin and Cheryl Finch lead parents of teens in discussion Friday began with Dr. Bernie Zinman talking about "New Research: Something for Everyone," sponsored by Abbott Laboratories. Many families straggled in a bit late after staying up late on Thursday. Teens had a chance to meet with Dr. Fran Kaufman and Clare Rosenfeld to talk about the serious challenges that teens with diabetes face and explore ways to cope with these challenges. No parents were allowed to help the teens feel more comfortable. At the same time, parents of teens met with Dr. Richard Rubin and Cheryl Finch to talk about the challenges that parents of teens face.


Dads got together to share experiences in the Dads' Discussion Group Dads had their own special session to chat about the challenges of parenting kids with diabetes. While moms often bear the larger share of diabetes care duties (see our poll about this subject), these dads understood the importance of diabetes care and took an active role in their children's care. They'll take the lessons from this session back home with them and help spread the word to other dads. (Moms had their own special session on Thursday.)


Dr. Richard Rubin leading a discussion Dr. Richard Rubin, whose Thursday talked about "Preventing and Overcoming Diabetes Overwhelmus," sponsored by Novo Nordisk, was extremely well attended and appreciated, spoke to parents about transferring responsibility for diabetes care from parent to child. This session was well attended, demonstrating the need parents feel for more information and guidance on this very important topic. Many parents commented about how much they learned from Dr. Rubin's sessions and look forward to putting into practice his guidance and advice.


Dr. Nemery and Dr. Kenyon talk with kids about islet cell transplantation During three sessions on both Thursday and Friday, researchers from the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, Florida, taught kids and parents about islet cell transplantation. Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon essentially recreated her research laboratory and, with the help of Dr. Robin Nemery, brought an amazing hands-on science experience to life. Kids and parents alike were amazed by this presentation, and left with a renewed sense of hope that science will find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.


After Friday's sessions, parents had a chance to chat with our medical professionals at the "Meet the Experts Reception," sponsored by Amira Medical and Eli Lilly and Company. For many parents, this was a great chance to follow up on questions from the educational sessions that they'd attended during the past two days, as well as a chance to thank each of the speakers.

Pleasure Island Friday night, parents headed to Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island for the Children with Diabetes Fundraiser, sponsored by TheraSense, for an evening of socializing and surprise entertainment by Marc Blatstein. Teens enjoyed the Teen Night at Epcot®, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Younger kids had such a great time at the Fun-Vention Beach Party, sponsored by Disetronic and TheraSense, that many had to be dragged out of the room when parents returned from Pleasure Island.

 

It was a great time for parents and kids to meet other families
It was a great time for parents and kids to meet other families
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Researchers from the Diabetes Research Institute taught kids about islet cell transplantation
Researchers from the Diabetes Research Institute taught kids about islet cell transplantation
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Dr. Michael Clare-Salzer talked about Type 1 Diabetes and Related Disorders
Dr. Michael Clare-Salzer talked about Type 1 Diabetes and Related Disorders
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Volunteers sold extra T-shirts at Registration
Volunteers sold extra T-shirts at Registration
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Some of our youngest attendees had a hard time staying awake
Some of our youngest attendees had a hard time staying awake
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