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  Back to Friends for Life 2008 Conference Friends for Life 2008 Teen Welcome Group

The Teen Welcome Group – a dozen or so CWD teens who have been coming to Friends for Life conferences for years – would love to welcome your child to Friends for Life Orlando 2008!

Please send an email to Laura.Billetdeaux@childrenwithdiabetes.com and include your child's name, age, email address, and whether they have type 1 diabetes or are a sibling. Laura will match your child with one of the Teen Welcome Group, and your child will receive an email within a few days!

Note that this is not an ongoing email discussion – it is simply a 'hi and welcome,' a 'tell me a little about yourself', and 'I'm looking forward to meeting you!' And when you arrive on site, make sure that you stop by the First Timers area, and one of the First Timers staff will help you find you Teen Welcomer so you can say hello in person!


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Ally has been coming to CWD Conferences for years and is a member of the teen program. She is 17 and lives in Orlando, Florida. She is involved in music at school and enjoys going to the beach. She has made many friends through this organization and enjoys spending time with them during conferences.

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Austin is 15 years old and has been attending CWD conferences since his sister, Kelsey, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. He is her biggest supporter and does whatever it takes to educate others about diabetes and helps raise money for research. Austin participates in football, baseball, and track, and will also be in Florida this summer for space camp at Cape Canaveral.


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Diamond was diagnosed in 2003 when she was 9, and has worn an insulin pump for over four years. She doesn't let diabetes stop her though! She bowls on a league, rides horses, and volunteers weekly at the local stables. Diamond also loves to write stories, read, draw, and watch shows and movies about horses as well. Diamond checks her sugar often during her activities to make sure everything is ok. Diamond really enjoys Friends For Life and looks forward to seeing friends and making new ones.

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Ellen, 16, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a second grader. She has been to every Friends for Life Conference and has made many life-long friends. Ellen considers the conference the highlight of her summer. Ellen loves sports and hopes to play lacrosse in college. She also plays varsity basketball and soccer. Other interests include drawing/painting and reading.

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Jesse is 16 years old and was diagnosed in 2001. He's been pumping for almost 5 years with a Cozmo pump named "George." Jesse is a natural advocate. He was a delegate for JDRF's Children's Congress in 2005, and a member of the ADA's Call to Congress a year later. Since then, he's spoken with New York Senators and Congressman on many occasions about type 1 diabetes issues. He loves going to Friends for Life conferences where he gets to hang out with friends of all ages, who live all over the world.


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Kara is 16 years old and has had diabetes for eight years. She has been wearing an insulin pump for six years and is currently on the Omnipod. Like any teenage girl she loves hanging out with her friends, listening to music, and being active. Kara played soccer and danced for most of her life, but now mostly plays lacrosse. She loves coming to CWD conferences and has made lifelong friendships at them.


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Kathryn Hitchcock is in college studying fashion design. She has grown up with diabetes — she's Marissa's sister. Kathryn has helped at many diabetes events and has considerable experience working with young kids with diabetes.


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Malcolm was diagnosed 11 years ago when he was two. He loves music and all things electronic - like video games! The Friends For Life Conference is his favorite time of year when he gets to spend time with the friends he has made from all over the world and check out all the new technologies and products. Malcolm believes in taking care of his diabetes because he wants to feel great all the time and not let his diabetes get in the way.


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Maryam is 14 years old and has had diabetes for over 4 years. Maryam is involved in many extracurricular activities including soccer, student council, choir, Invisible Children Club, and Model United Nations. Maryam enjoys reading classic novels by Jane Austen and watching movies. She loves attending CWD conferences where she always learns new ways to improve her diabetes care. She has made many lifelong friends at CWD, and hopes to make many more in upcoming conferences.


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Monica is 14 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 11 years ago at the age of 2. She has been wearing an insulin pump for 9 years and has been wearing the Abbott Navigator CGM for almost 3 years. She is an advocate for kids with diabetes, speaking about real life with diabetes and diabetes technology to groups around the country. She loves soccer, softball, volleyball, plays the flute and is currently in training to ride her bicycle 100 miles in the JDRF Ride to Cure in Whitefish, Montana. She loves coming to CWD conferences.


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Sarah is 15 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 5 1/2 years ago, and she has been pumping for 4 1/2 years. Sarah is an avid soccer and tennis player, loves music, singing and playing the piano, trumpet and French horn. Managing her diabetes is second nature to Sarah, allowing her to participate in any activity she chooses. She is now wearing the Abbott Navigator CGM as part of a study and is excited at the opportunity to bring her care to the next level. Sarah went to her first conference one month after being diagnosed and hasn't missed a FFL conference since. She has made lifelong friends whom she treasures.

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Sierra is 15 years old and attended her first CWD conference in 2002 after her little sister, Saylor, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two. She is a member of the Key club and ASB at her high school and started getting involved in the CWD teen program a few years ago, welcoming "first timer" teens by connecting with them before they arrived at the conference. Sierra has made it her mission to make friends with other teens who have siblings with diabetes – and she has made lifelong friends in the process.


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Zakariyya, (a.k.a. Zak) is 14 years old, and his twin sister Maryam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago. Since that time, Zak has been an active participant in all of the the CWD Friends for Life conferences and many of the regionals. He loves attending conferences and learning new ways to handle being a sibling with diabetes, which sometimes poses challenges of its very own. When not at a CWD conference, Zakariyya enjoys swimming, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.


  Friends for Life 2008 Conference and Expo  
  Introduction - Registration - FAQs - Special Guests  
  Faculty - Youth Faculty - CWD Staff - 5000 Step Club  
  First Timer Hospitality - Teen Welcome Group - Grandparents  
  Program Overview - Parents & Adults - Youth - Focus Groups - Suggestions - Social Events  
  Sponsors & Partners - Exhibitors - Attendees - Hotel Floor Plan - Bus Schedule  
  FFL Reports from 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001  



                 
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