Darn it, another great event I'm going to miss! This year's Children With Diabetes Friends for Life 2007 Conference July 11-15 (at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Florida) looks, well... extraordinary.


This is the annual reunion-type bash for families and individuals living with type 1 diabetes -- although I happen to know that reknowned type 2 journalist David Mendosa will be "sneaking in as an imposter" this year as well. Organizer Jeff Hitchcock tells me they're expecting 3,000 people. I sure hope the Disney Resort is stocked up on diet sodas.

The list of "Notable Guests" is pretty knockout:

Surgeon General Ken Moritsugu, MD, who'll be presenting the keynote address; basketball stars Chris Dudley and Adam Morrison; NFL star Jay Leeuwenburg; reigning Mr. Universe Doug Burns; Phil Southerland from champ cyclist group Team Type1 (about to ride the Race Across America yet again!); Canadian country music hit George Canyon; and, for all those Idol fans out there, Kevin Covais, aka last year's American Idol "Chicken Little."

There will be loads of useful focus groups, two full days of incredible sessions, a large exhibit hall, the annual Family and Friends banquet, and of course a shared day at the Magic Kingdom.

Everyone who's ever attended this shindig tells me: get there if you can. Unfortunately our summer sojourn to Germany conflicts again this year... in fact, I'll be sitting out the 2007 ADA Scientific Sessions (June 22-26 in Chicago) as well, sorry to say.

But I do plan to attend the annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting &Aadelogo Exhibition in St. Louis Aug. 1-4. Never been to St. Louis. Should be fascinating -- especially in August ;)

Dr. Jackson and I will be promoting our new book, and I plan to report back here on "educating the educators" -- so let me know what you'd most like to learn from that event, Y'all.

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Final NEWS FLASH: Allison Blass, our fearless leader of the Diabetes OC, is in the very early planning stages for a brand new annual conference espcially for adults with type 1. The Planning Committee will be asking for volunteers at some point down the road, so keep your eyes peeled.

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