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The Friends for Life conference offers many wonderful opportunities for socializing, whether they are scheduled events or spur-of-the-moment gatherings. Please make note of the following, which are the structured events that we've planned for each day. If a ticket is required, it is noted by the event. These are listed chronologically:

Tuesday, July 10th

Volunteers Reception
Tuesday evening, July 10, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monterrey Ballroom and Terrace, we will be saying 'Thank you in advance!' to our many volunteers for the conference. Stop by and meet volunteer coordinators, get your volunteer assignment, pick up your volunteer shirt, and stay for snacks and beverages. Then ... head off to the pool. The conference starts tomorrow! The Volunteers Reception is sponsored by BD.

Wednesday, July 11th

Young Adults Reception
Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-2:30 in Yucatan 3, come meet other young adults (ages 18-25) who have come from around the country and across the ocean to participate in Friends for Life! Enjoy the refreshments and make some new friends!

First-Timers Reception
My, there are a lot of people at this conference! This is a little scary! How will we ever meet anyone? Come to the First-Timers Reception in Fiesta 6, sponsored by BD, on Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 to meet Jeff Hitchcock and Laura Billetdeaux, and hundreds of other family members who are new to CWD conferences. Learn about 'the flow' of the conference, how meal and snack times work, what to do about getting your children to childcare and sessions, and what to do at the park on Saturday. This is very casual and social. Snacks and beverages will be served. If you are new to CWD conferences, please don't miss this!

Grand Opening Reception
Six o'clock sharp! Be at the Exhibit Hall - Veracruz B and C - for the ribbon-cutting and a quick Welcome Hello from NBA star Chris Dudley and our Roche Diagnostics friends who are sponsoring this gala evening. The exhibit hall will be packed, and there will be tons of goodies and food. This is a fun evening for your entire family - don't miss it!

Thursday, July 12th

CWD Fun Run and Breakfast
What better way to get the kids off on the right foot than a Fun Run! Join our sponsor Novo Nordisk for a 'once around' the trail (less than a mile - and you can run it twice if you have the energy!). The event begins at 7:15 a.m. sharp on Thursday, with warm-up aerobics by Harold Sanco! The starting line is at the El Centro lakeside entrance. You can run, jog, or simply stroll (coffee in hand). This activity is especially for children of all ages, and parents are most welcome to join in the exercise and fun. Medals will be presented to all children who participate. Breakfast will immediately follow the Kids Fun Run. The Fun Run is sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

Family and Friends Banquet
Join us Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a fabulous buffet dinner and some entertainment you will never forget. Tickets are required. The Family and Friends Banquet is sponsored by Novo Nordisk and LifeScan. Disney characters will be joining us at the end of the banquet for a meet-n-greet (photos and autographs are fine).

Singin' and Dancin'
Join the Hitchcock's, the Billetdeaux's, and all the other CWD staff families in the Coronado H-J Ballroom from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. for great fun with a Disney DJ! (this is the same place as the Banquet - you don't even need to move!). For those of you who were with us in Disney in 2005 - you remember how much fun this was! Snacks and beverages will be served at 9:30. This is a continuation of the Banquet evening (sponsored by LifeScan and Novo Nordisk), however, you do not need a special ticket to join us at 9:00 if you have opted not to come to the banquet.

Scavenger Hunt
Back this year in a little different format! Kids ages 6-17 will participate in a Scavenger Hunt in the Exhibit Hall Thursday and Friday during their session times. They will be divided into small groups and will be given a good-sized list of fun questions to answer ... and they will then visit different exhibitors to learn information about diabetes. Teens need to participate in the Scavenger Hunt in order to participate in Friday's off-site at Disney's MGM Theme Park.

Thursday Teen Party
After the Banquet, join other teens in Fiesta 5 for a teens-only evening from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. We've got a DJ, air hockey, pool, pop-a-shot, foosball, blacklight volleyball, perfect putt, and ping pong for a fabulous night. See you there!

Friday, July 13th

Teen Day at Disney's MGM Theme Park
Sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care, this very special Teen Day on Friday is for kids age 13-17 who have participated in all four conference sessions on Thursday. We will be strict about this. Teens will have breakfast at the hotel on Friday morning, then board a Mears bus to MGM at 8:45 a.m. Abbott's sponsorship generously covers transportation, admission to the park, and lunch. Teens should bring spending money for other things if they wish. CWD Teen Coordinator Natalie Bellini will lead this outing, and will be supported by plenty of adult staff and volunteers.

Friday Night at Sports Central
Everyone is on their own for dinner on Friday ... but make sure you come back for a fun evening of basketball and some great company in Sports Central (open 8:00 to midnight)! All ages are welcome, although younger children (under age 10) should have parents with them.

Teen Dinner Dance
From 8:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday, all teens (ages 13 and over) are invited to dress up and come on down to the Fiesta 5 Ballrom to have dinner (right at 8:00) and dance the night away! A DJ will spin the tunes, and an ice cream sundae bar will be provided at 10 p.m. This is a 'dressy' event - please no shorts, jeans, or cut-offs! Sponsored by Unomedical.

Tweener Night
This is a very fun evening of karaoke and games on Friday in Fiesta 6, sponsored by LifeScan. The entertainment begins right at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00. There will be an ice cream sundae bar at 9:30. Wear your tennies, just in case!

Young Adults Dinner
The young adult group is invited to have dinner at the Maya Grille at the Coronado Springs Resort at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by CWD. After dinner, there are several social options for the evening - and it is up to the group to decide! (Not everyone needs to go the same direction.) Please RSVP to Laura Billetdeaux () by Wednesday, July 11.

Dessert with the Faculty
You've just spent two full days listening to some of the very best diabetes speakers and researchers from around the world. Now is your chance to ask questions and get to meet these very special faculty. Join us for dessert and coffee in Coronado H from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m., sponsored by BD.

Saturday, July 14th

Magical Memories Breakfast
Disney characters just for us? You bet! A yummy breakfast buffet will be served in the Coronado H Ballroom… and Disney characters will join us throughout the morning. Bring your camera and autograph book! These characters are here to meet our kids and families. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 and the characters will arrive at 8:00 a.m. Mears buses will provide transportation for breakfast participants to Magic Kingdom from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in addition to Disney's regular bus transportation to the parks. This event is a fund-raiser for the Education for CWD Foundation, and is sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care.

Magic Kingdom Day
Join a thousand of your best CWD buddies in Magic Kingdom for the day! Don your conference t-shirt, make sure you have your Guest Assistance Card in your pocket (available Weds from 4-7 by registration), and take the Disney transportation straight to Magic Kingdom for a wonderful day in the park. There is no set schedule to the day - simply enjoy. Note that Guest Assistance Cards should be used only for attractions where there is a long line (over 30 minutes), and please try to use the Fast Pass system when available.

Sunday, July 15th

Farewell Breakfast
Join your new friends for life for a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning from 9-10am in Coronado H, sponsored by Medtronic Diabetes.

New to CWD? You'll be welcomed at the First Timers Reception.

Meet NBA star Chris Dudley at the Opening Reception on Wednesday evening

Giuglio and Sebastiano gave the Fun Run two thumbs up.

Teens have an amazing time at the Teen Dance.

You meet the nicest people in the exhibit hall -- like Nicole Johnson!

Kids and parents alike dance after the Family and Friends Banquet

Teens enjoy a day off site -- this year at Disney's MGM Studios

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