Children With Diabetes Friends For Life 2011 Conference

At the Children With Diabetes Friends For Life conference in Orlando, Florida, children and adults were inspired by many role models with Type 1 diabetes, including American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox, NFL football player Kendall Simmons, marathon swimmer Jen Alexander, professional snowboarder Sean Busby, ironman triathlete Jay Hewitt and many others.

Here is Crystal Bowersox singing to the crowd,

Crystal Bowersox singing










and answering questions from the audience.

Crystal Bowersox answering questions from the audience










Kids and adults got to express themselves by making art projects using diabetes supplies in workshops led by Lee Ann Hill.

Robot made from test strip containers

Good preparation for Diabetes Art Day on September 1, 2011!

Flowers made from diabetes supplies










You learn all kinds of things at the conference. Did you know there’s now a Disney book featuring a character with diabetes named Coco? The book is called Coco And Goofy’s Goofy Day. Or that there is an Arthur TV show episode on diabetes called Desert Island Dish?

You can view the conference presentations or read more about the conference on the Children With Diabetes website.

An interview with the CWD founder Jeff Hitchcock is at A Sweet Life.

Upcoming CWD conferences organized by Laura Billetdeaux are listed here.

A free family trip for four to the 2012 Friends For Life conference will be awarded to the winner of the Once Upon A Time essay contest sponsored by Lilly Diabetes and Disney Online.

Toy Story Characters