Thank you to our FFL sponsors

  Back to Friends for Life 2010 Conference 2010 Friends for Life Special Guest Will Cross
Special Guest Will Cross

Will Cross is a world-class expedition leader and athlete. Raised in England until age 12, Cross has worked continually for more than 30 years to overcome challenges related to living with diabetes. Cross wants to show the millions of people with diabetes that they don't have to be defined by their disease and that those with the condition can manage it successfully.

On May 23, 2006, as part of the NovoLog® Peaks and Poles Challenge, Cross became the first American and first person with diabetes to climb the highest peak on each continent and trek to the North and South Poles. Cross has successfully ascended Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua, Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, Grand Teton, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, and Alpamayo and has reached the summit of Mt. Everest. He has also participated in expeditions to Patagonia, Mountains of the Moon, the Sahara Desert, and the Thar Desert of India.

While tackling these punishing environments and climbing some of the world's tallest mountains, Cross had the added challenge of controlling his blood sugar levels and dealing with the other health issues associated with diabetes. To help manage his condition, Cross depends on the ease and accuracy of NovoLog® FlexPen®.

Cross is a member of the American Alpine Club, Explorers Club, and the American Mountain Guides Association. He was the recipient of a Gold Congressional Award for exemplary service to the United States, granted for his dedication to outdoor education. Cross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, a Master of Science degree in Education from Duquesne University, a Secondary Principal's Certification from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in educational programs for troubled teens.

Outstanding Achievements include:

  • First American with diabetes to reach the Summit of Mt. Everest in 2006
  • PR News "Spokesperson of the Year" in 2006
  • Recognized by Pennsylvania State Senate for raising awareness about diabetes in 2005
  • Trekked to the North Pole in 2001 and the South Pole in 2003
  • DESA/LifeScan's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gold Congressional Award for initiative, achievement, and service
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation
  • Allegheny Gold Citation
  • Teacher Excellence Foundation Award
  • Thanks to Teachers Award
  • Secondary Principal's Certification, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science in Education, Duquesne University
  • Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

  Friends for Life 2010 Conference and Expo  
  Introduction - Program Overview - Exhibitors - Sponsors  
  Faculty - Youth Faculty - Grandparents Faculty - CWD Staff  
  Schedule: Parents & Adults - Youth - Focus Groups - Focus Groups Signup  
  Registration - FAQs  
  FFL Reports from 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001  

  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Thursday January 07, 2010 15:49:46
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.