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Orlando 2000
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Join Us In Orlando!

Join friends and families from Children with Diabetes for a long weekend of sharing, support, and fun as we head to Orlando, Florida, USA from June 8-11, 2000. This is the first official Children with Diabetes Foundation event so bring your entire family for a weekend of Disney World and Sea World!

The Pump Girls will perform at Sea World on Friday at 4:00 p.m. The Pump Girls is a rock band consisting of four girls aged 12-15. The girls, who are all from Southern California, sing about boys, love, dancing and overcoming challenges. They all have Type 1 Diabetes. One of their goals is to motivate other teens to deal with the challenges of the disease successfully.

This event is currently at capacity with 100 families (400 people) participating from over 30 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands. There is always the possibility that someone may cancel. We do have a short waiting list for families who are interested in this year's event. To be on the wait list or to be on the mailing list for next year's event, please contact Laura Billetdeaux, Events Coordinator at

Be sure to check our Trip Update each week.

Schedule of Events

June 8, 2000
6:00-10:00 pm
Check In at Sheraton Safari Hotel, Orlando Florida
Cygnus and MiniMed Sponsored Reception
Families check in at the hotel lobby, drop off their luggage, then come down to the Salon to register for ORLANDO 2000, meet other families, meet sponsors, receive souvenir bags and CWD t-shirts. Refreshments will be provided. Cash bar for drinks. Meet the Pump Girls!
June 9, 2000
Sea World Day
Admission: $33 per adult (10 and over)
$26 per child (ages 3-9)
Children under 3 are free
Second Day is free

Breakfast on your own
9:00 am Sea World opens
10:30 Reserved seats for Shamu Stadium
11:30 Disetronic Sponsored Buffet Picnic Lunch is $6/person, under 3 is free at the Shamu Pavilion
Visit and have pictures taken with Baby Shamu!
4:00 Pump Girls perform at Shamu Pavilion, followed by an autograph session
5:30 DRI Sponsored Bar B Q Dinner at Shamu Pavilion, Sea World $8/person; Kids under 3 free
Night Show "Shamu Rocks America" then Fireworks Display

June 10, 2000
Disney Day
Admission: $35 per adult (10 and over)
$28 per child (ages 3-9)
Children under 3 are free

Breakfast on your own
8:30 Magic Kingdom opens
11:00pm Disney closes
Pump Girls will join our Disney Day in Magic Kingdom

June 11, 2000
Farewell Day
TheraSense Sponsored Breakfast at Sheraton, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Free Day at Sea World for those holding Fridays Day Pass


Financial Sponsors

Logo   TheraSense, located in Alameda, California has developed the FreeStyle(tm) Blood Glucose Monitoring System designed to eliminate a major barrier to testing: the pain of the finger stick. FreeStyle utilizes breakthrough, proprietary technology to measure glucose from only 300 nanoliters of blood. This tiny sample gives people with diabetes the freedom to test on sites such as the forearm without the pain and hassle of traditional finger stick testing. TheraSense is pleased to sponsor a buffet breakfast at the Sheraton Safari for all event participants Sunday morning from 7:30 - 9:30 am.
Logo   We are pleased to announce that the Diabetes Research Institute will participate as a sponsor in the Orlando 2000 event. The DRI is sponsoring our Sea World BBQ on Friday evening. A recognized world-leader in cure-focused research, the Diabetes Research Institute has pioneered new advances in islet cell transplantation since 1971. With a waste-no-time philosophy, DRI scientists are focused on bringing the most promising findings from the lab to patients in the fastest way possible. For millions of families already affected by diabetes, the DRI is quickly becoming the best hope for a cure.
Logo   The Cygnus GlucoWatch® system is designed to measure glucose automatically and non-invasively every twenty minutes through the ease and convenience of a device worn like a wristwatch. The GlucoWatch system offers features such as frequent data collection, electronic memory to store and display glucose levels, alerts indicating hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic conditions and event markers that record factors that affect glucose levels. This first-of-a-kind device is designed to provide additional information that can help people with diabetes understand fluctuations in their glucose levels. The GlucoWatch biographer is currently awaiting FDA approval for use in adults with diabetes. Cygnus anticipates commencing clinical trials with children and adolescents shortly. Cygnus is proud to be a sponsor, and hopes to make a difference to all people with diabetes.
Logo   Disetronic is dedicated to providing products that help deliver control to people with Diabetes today and finding better solutions for the future. Disetronic has a proven tract record of providing safe and reliable diabetes products, and is the only pump company to offer a choice of three different insulin pumps. Disetronic has a program in place that help people gain control of Diabetes today with an insulin pump but retain the power of choice tomorrow. Disetronic is pleased to sponsor the picnic lunch at Sea World on Friday.
Logo   MiniMed, founded in 1980, has been the world's leader in insulin pump therapy, investing in research and development that has lead to several new models of pumps the last 10 years, as well as the world's first FDA approved Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS). The MiniMed CGMS takes 300 glucose readings a day for up to three days -- all downloadable to a computer for analysis. MiniMed is pleased to sponsor the Welcome Reception Thursday evening from 6-10 and the Pump Girls.

Additional Sponsors

The following companies have generously donated products:

  • Can-Am Care
  • Carb Cards
  • Clinical Products, Inc.
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Eddie Coker
  • Fifty-50 Foods
  • Fifty-50 Pharmacy
  • Jay-Jo Books
  • LifeScan
  • Lipton
  • McNeil Specialty Products (Splenda)
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Starbright Foundation
  • Warner-Lambert

For More Information

Trip Update

Dear Families,
We have had such great interest in this first event; we hope you will be able to join us! We thought that creating a Frequently Asked Questions page would be the most efficient and effective way to answer all of your important questions about ORLANDO 2000. Please check this page often because we will be updating this on a weekly basis with more answers to your questions.


Thanks for your patience!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is on the Menus?

What food will be served at the reception Thursday evening?
Primarily finger foods, not an entire dinner. Cheese and bread/crackers, sliced fruit, vegetables and dip, cookies, brownies, hot pretzels and mustard. There will also be a cash bar.

Do I need to pay for the Disney Character Meal up front?
No, you need to pay for this at Disney.

What about ground transportation? How do we get to and from parks?
Renting a car is the same price as shuttling a family of four from the airport to the hotel. The hotel provides some transportation to and from Disney, as does Disney. No transportation is provided by the hotel to Sea World. Please note that everyone is responsible for their own ground transportation to all events.

Can we stay longer than the scheduled dates?
Some families are coming early and/or staying a few days late to extend their vacations. You can get our group rate three days on either side of the Children with Diabetes Foundation event.

What is the Sheraton Safari like?
It is a brand new hotel 1/8 mile from Disney. Great pool area (79 foot Python water slide), 2 restaurants (kids under 10 eat free in the Casablanca, one per paying adult), 24 hr fitness center.

What are our room options at the Sheraton?
$89/night for a regular room, $119/night for a junior suite (living room and bedroom are separate). One night's deposit is required.

My family is interested in a character meal at Disney. How do we sign up for one?
There are several character meals from which to choose at Magic Kingdom. Please read the following information and decide which one your family might like to attend. Call 407-WDW-DINE for further details.

What about meals?
While dining at the Sheraton, kids 10 and under eat free in the Casablanca restaurant, one per paying adult. There is a breakfast buffet for $6.95/person. Also, there are many fast food and sit-down restaurants around the hotel (Pizza Hut, Denny's, IHOP).

How do I put a deposit on our hotel room?
The Children with Diabetes room block is coordinated by Linda Rogers at Travel Resources in Saline, Michigan. The one night's deposit should be made through her in order to participate in our group block. Linda's telephone number is 800-253-0542. Or you can contact her via email at

What happens after I reserve a room?
I will include you on our e-mail list and notify you when the registration form is available at this web site for you to download, and submit with down payment. In the mean time, please be sure to fill out the short form on the ORLANDO 2000 page.

Can I sponsor this event?
YES! We are indeed seeking personal and corporate sponsorship for donations of cash or items to include in our souvenir bag. We have three easy ways for you to help and all donations are tax deductible since the Children with Diabetes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. For more information about sponsorship, contact Connie Miller at

Are there sponsorships or grants available for individual families who can't afford the trip?
No. Unfortunately, this year, we are not set up to assist families in gaining individual sponsorship. However, you may wish to contact local support agencies or companies you do business with and ask them for financial assistance in attending this event. You must be sure they understand that their donation to your family is not tax deductible, but a gesture of goodwill.

What about our sharps containers?
The Sheraton, Sea World, and Disney all have arrangements for appropriate sharps disposal.

For additional questions please check back here often, if your question is not answered, please e-mail and your question will be added to this page and posted by Sunday Night.

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