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Children with Diabetes: Focus on Best Practices

A Regional Conference and Expo
January 3-6, 2008
Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa

This Event is Sold Out

Enjoy beautiful sunsets on the warm beach ...

... with your CWD family and friends.

After morning sessions, you'll have fun on the beach

Exercise goals are met through beach volleyball

Families will enjoy a wonderful dinner on the beach on Saturday evening


Back in 2008 by popular demand! Join your CWD family and friends for a long weekend in truly a paradise setting. The Marco Island Marriott Resort has something for everyone. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach with a good book and good friends, or would prefer something more invigorating like sailing or a swim in the surf, or an afternoon full of learning and wonder as you tour the Everglades adjacent to the resort, the choices really are endless.

Conference programming for parents (i.e., educational sessions) will be offered on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30, right after breakfast. There will be a break for snacks - and to check on the kids - roughly halfway through the morning. Note that the children ages 6-17 will have activities during the morning on Friday and Saturday as well. They will work in specific age groups: Elementary (ages 6-9), Tween (ages 10-12), Teen (ages 13-17), and childcare for potty-trained kids ages 5 and under. Additionally, there will be games and other activities for CWD families on the beach throughout the day.

Try an Insulin Pump!

Come to the conference and try a pump! Pump companies Animas, Medtronic Diabetes, OmniPod, Roche/Disetronic and Smiths Medical offer would-be pumpers a chance to try their products using saline. A prescription from your physician is required and must include the wording "insulin pump trial with saline." If you plan to try more than one pump, be sure to bring a prescription for each.

This opportunity is by appointment only. Appointments will fill up quickly. For more information, contact:

  • Animas
    Val Valentino at 1-877-YES PUMP x1225 or
  • Disetronic Medical Systems Inc/Roche Diagnostics
    Terri Richert at 317-570-5268 or
  • Medtronic Diabetes
    Julie Sweidan at 1-800-999-9859 x4514 or
  • OmniPod Insulin Management System
    Janet Tedeschi 1-781-457-4804 or
  • Smiths Medical
    Mikelyn Calhoun at 651-628-7476 or

The Conference Resort

The Marco Island Marriott Resort is now accepting reservations for the CWD weekend. Rates are $229/night. Rooms include in-room refrigerator, coffee, safe, and high speed internet. To reserve a room, you may either book online via their online reservation site or call the hotel at 800-228-9290 or 239-394-2511. Please make sure to state that you are with the Children with Diabetes program. You must use one of these methods to book a room to be included in the CWD room block. You also must complete a conference registration form in order to participate.

Note that the hotel was completely sold out by December 1 this past year. If you know your family wants to participate, please make your reservations early to ensure a room at the hotel.

For more information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 (Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 eastern time) or email

Registration cancellation policy:
Registration cancellations prior to December 3, 2007 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. After December 2, 2007, refunds are not available.

  Marco Island 2008 Conference  
  Conference Intro - Program - Youth Program  
  Faculty - Registration - Sponsors  
  Report from Marco 2007  

Special Guest
Doug Burns

Doug Burns has won Mr. USA, Mr. California and Mr. Southern States. He is the winner of Six Powerlifting Championships and an American Record holding strength athlete but he's also struggled with diabetes since age seven.

Special Guest
Phil Southerland

Phil Southerland is the founder and president of Team Type 1, a cycling team of 8 riders with Type 1 diabetes that won the Race Across America. Another objective is to show people with diabetes that their condition won't hold them back.

Special Guest
Jen Alexander

Jen Alexander
Jen Alexander was diagnosed when she was 13 years old and attempted to become the 18th Canadian to swim the English Channel. In 2007, Jen swam from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick -- and back!
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Special Guest
Scott Dunton

Scott Dunton
Scott Dunton, age 21, is the first professional surfer with type 1 diabetes. Scott has been on the Pro Tour for three years, and currently lives in Honokaa, Hawaii. Scott has had type 1 diabetes for 5 years, and he's been a pumper for four of those years.

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