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Friends for Life Orlando 2018

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Friends for Life Orlando 2018

Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2018

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Children with Diabetes presents our 19th annual Friends for Life® Orlando conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch toddlers and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!


The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Monday, July 9:
    Move-in day for Registration and Sports Central. Lots of families will be on site already. Wear an old Friends for Life t-shirt and find some FFL families at the pool or park!
  • Tuesday, July 10:
    Registration is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so pick up your name badge, conference t-shirt, and green/orange bracelets nice and early! Retinal screenings begin. TrialNet screenings begin. Pump Trials begin. It's very easy to find other FFLs – look for the bracelets and conference tees! Sports Central opens. Discussion groups and informal social get togethers will be held to help people meet each other. Staff dinner and team-building at Splitsville.
  • Wednesday, July 11:
    Registration is open from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Focus groups will be held all day (these are different from the Thursday and Friday sessions). Drop-In Children's activities for up to age 12 will be provided so parents may participate in focus groups. The Teen program begins in the afternoon. Sports Central is open. Retinal screenings continue. TrialNet screenings continue. Celiac screenings begin. Pump Trials continue. First Timers Orientation – don't miss it! – will be held in the afternoon. The Exhibit Hall opens at 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with a Grand Opening Reception. The Quilt for Life opens in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Thursday, July 12:
    Registration is open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Sessions for adults and children ages 6-17 are offered all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Sports Central, Screenings, and Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall is open all day. The Family and Friends Banquet and Dance from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. – with DJ Miles – includes everyone – no tickets required if you are registered for the conference! The theme this year is FFL Island Party! Casual 'island attire' suggested – no bathing suits, please!
  • Friday, July 13:
    Registration is open from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm.Sessions for adults and children ages 6-17 all day. Free full day childcare available for 5 and under, preregistration only. Teens are offsite at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Important note: Teens must attend all four sessions on Thursday in order to participate on Friday); Screenings continue. Pump Trials continue. The Exhibit Hall closes at 4 p.m. There will be a Young Adult Dinner for ages 18-25. Dessert and Posters with the Faculty is back (all ages welcome), as is the T1 Adults Social Event (T1 Adults and their partners) and Family Movie Night (for the younger crowd and their parents). Sports Central Open Gym 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
  • Saturday, July 14:
    Registration is closed. Sessions in the morning. Saturday evening features the Teen Dance and Tween Social. The Family Fun Night (for all ages) will also be back this year. Sports Central Open Gym 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Sunday, July 15:
    Farewell Breakfast, tearful goodbyes
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