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Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002 - Thursday

Dr. Fran Kaufman, pediatric endocrinologist and President of the American Diabetes Association, served at the keynote speaker for our opening session on Thursday morning. Dr. Kaufman spoke of the both the many challenges that children with diabetes face everyday, but also of the amazing improvements in technology that make it possible for our kids to manage their blood sugars better than ever before. She stressed that insulin is not a cure -- which we all fully appreciate -- but spoke with optimism about the chances for science to find a cure.

Thursday's educational sessions included a research update by Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon of the Diabetes Research Institute, a great session for kids on carb counting, the well-attended Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll teen session run by Dr. Fran Kaufman (no parents allowed), and the mom's discussion group, just to name a few.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard presented Jeff Hitchcock with a proclamation declaring the week of the conference Diabetes Awareness Week in Pasadena Thursday evening, families returned to the back of the exhibit hall for the Family and Friends Banquet, sponsored by LifeScan and Novo-Nordisk. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard presented Jeff Hitchcock with a proclamation declaring the week of the conference Diabetes Awareness Week in Pasadena. Also, Teresa Acosta, representing California State Senator Jack Scott, presented Jeff Hitchcock with a certificate of recognition for his work on Children with Diabetes.

Gary Hall Jr. spoke about the importance of having a good diabetes team Gold-medal swimmer Gary Hall, Jr. spoke about his challenge to overcome diabetes and continue swimming, and how his success was in large part due to the many people who supported his efforts -- his diabetes team. He stressed to everyone that family and friends were an important part of everyone's team. Gary was later the focus of considerable attention as he signed autographs for many fans, young and old alike.

Sonia Cooper presenting DRI with check to fund cure-related research Clare Rosenfeld, ADA's first Youth Advocate, spoke about the importance of advocacy and getting involved, and announced the new International Diabetes Youth Ambassador section of Children with Diabetes. She encouraged kids and teens to participate. Following Clare, current ADA Youth Advocate Quinn Nystrom spoke about the importance of not giving up and following your dreams. Sonia Cooper, president of the Children with Diabetes Foundation, spoke about the efforts of the foundation to fund cure-related research. Sonia later presented representatives of the Diabetes Research Institute with a check to help fund research.

Brenda thanks the ladies Brenda Hitchcock thanked Laura Billetdeaux, Lauren Lanning, and Julia Mattingly for their efforts in putting together the conference, and Bonnie Hitchcock for helping with the Quilt for Life. Laura Billetdeaux, Events Coordinator for Children with Diabetes, then took the stage to thank our generous sponsors in her own special way. This year, a representative from each sponsor was brought up on stage and given cool sunglasses and a wild Hawaiian shirt and given a chance to say a few words. Laura then introduced the Pump Girls, who performed and got everyone in a dancing mood.

Clare's new boyfriend Afterwards, kids young and old took to the dance floor and enjoying the music of Mark "Peace" Thomas, who played mostly oldies (that means songs that parents recognized). The kids had a great time, and that gave parents a chance to chat, get in line for an autograph from Gary Hall, Jr., or just relax.

 
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Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon spoke about the progress toward a cure
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Gary Hall Jr. spoke to teens
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Dr. Lois Jovanovich spoke about young women and diabetes
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John Walsh taught about pumping
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Families came to the exhibit hall ...
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... for healthy and good tasting food!
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Our generous sponsors make Friends for Life possible ... and they all look way cool!
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The banquet hall was full
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Clare Rosenfeld announced the new Youth Ambassador program at CWD
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Kids took to dancing after hearing The Pump Girls
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The younger kids pooped out early
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