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The Diabetes UnConference: Scholarships Available for Las Vegas and More…

I would like to apologize in advance by what might look by an unnecessary overabundance of exclamation points. It’s the only way I could really and truly express my enthusiasm. In fact, I took some out when I edited.


© Christopher Angell

© Christopher Angell

Scholarships are available for 2016 The Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas (March 10 - 13, 2016), the first and only peer support idea exchange for all adults with diabetes (no matter what type) and those who love people with diabetes (i.e. spouses, significant others, parents…).

There are both travel (U.S. only for travel expenses) and room only scholarships.

Deadline to enter is September 30, 2020 and all it takes is a few minutes to share your thoughts in a form. (I don’t pick the recipients; a scholarship committee does after the identifying information is removed, so any attempts to bribe me with delectable gifts will be eaten without remorse. )

These scholarships are made available through The Diabetes Collective, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs The Diabetes UnConference and the gracious and generous private donors who want people impacted by diabetes to be able to get face-to-face peer support.

If you’re interested in donating to The Diabetes Collective for the scholarship fund, please click here:

The Diabetes Collective Scholarship Fund

 (It is tax-deductible!)

We will be offering scholarships for The Diabetes UnConference in Atlantic City, too. (September 10 - 13, 2016.) The announcement will come out in the spring of 2016. Hold on to your hats, which I am sure are fashionable and keep the sun off your gorgeous face.


2016 is going to be even more amazing, as we are adding a separate session track for people who love us. Sometimes called T3s or Type Awesomes, these are the people who love a person with diabetes and needs the same type of peer support people with diabetes get at The Diabetes UnConference.

If you are a spouse, a significant other, a parent, an adult sibling, or an adult friend who loves a person with diabetes, then register. While we will have some sessions that will be in the same room as those you love (PWD), you’ll have safe, private sessions to talk about the things you can’t discuss with a PWD: your fears, your frustrations, your ways of coping - learning from others and building a face-to-face connection for your own peer support.

Register, even if your own PWD may not want/or can’t attend.

Note: This conference is for adults only; no one under 21 will be allowed into the conference or conference area and there is no childcare available onsite. There is a fabulous conference for kids - CWD’s Friends For Life, where they can meet their peers. I love that conference and what it offers to kids. 


We are adding Friday pre-conference (or pre-UnConference?) sessions! These sessions will be included at no charge for registered attendees of The Diabetes UnConference and, if space is available, for non-attendees. More details to follow, but if you’re planning on heading to Las Vegas, you might want to see if you can stretch out your trip.

Multiple sessions will be available from 11:30am all the way to 4:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2016. No food or beverages will be served during these sessions, but there are a lot of great dining options and a convenience store in the hotel. We’ll cover a wide variety of topics, but you will need to sign up for these sessions in advance, so stay tuned. (A great way to stay on top of it all is to sign up for The Diabetes UnConference newsletter - we don’t sell or share your email address when you sign up, so your secret identity is safe with us.)


GO Room

GO Room King

Reserve your room now at the special rate The Flamingo Las Vegas has for The Diabetes UnConference 2016 attendees.

If you click this link, you’ll get pricing for each type of room and what’s included in your room rate. 

If you click this link, it will take you directly to the special reservation page… Presto!

Last year, people who didn’t know each other connected via The Diabetes UnConference FB page and saved some moola (and developed some wonderful friendships…), so if you’re looking for a way to save… just go to the FB page and ask!


© Bea Sparks

© Bea Sparks

We listened to the feedback from last year’s alumni and one of the things they suggested this year were casual opportunities to “do stuff together” before the official conference begins. It was just one of many great ideas that we’ll be incorporating into the 2016 conferences in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. (Our community is creative, insightful, and fun!)

Options will become available in the late fall to register for these “do stuff together” excursions , including a “let’s do outdoorsy stuff together,” “let’s do fast driving stuff together,” “let’s do just as exciting but more cultural stuff together,”, and some “let’s do a meal together.” These will be available on Thursday and Friday morning. These are not included in the registration; you’ll register separately, and are only available for registered attendees.


Resorts Two TowersResorts Casino in Las Vegas will be the hosting hotel for The Diabetes UnConference 2016 - Atlantic City from September 9 - 11, 2016. Yep. It’s a long ways off, but we’re already in planning mode. We’ll be one of the first conferences in their multimillion dollar expansion of their conference facilities!

Take a look at what’s on tap. Yep. It’s a long way off. Nice to have something to look forward to… And if you are planning on attending both Las Vegas and Atlantic City, let me know and you’ll get a discount code for the Atlantic City registration that will make you do a happy dance on the beach at Resorts Casino (because it’s right on the beach!)

If you’re just interesting in registering for Atlantic City… Boom! Here’s the registration link!

We’ve got more good things up our sleeves, which are currently rolled up and excited for 2016! Join us!

(And here are the exclamation points that I removed in editing, in case you wanted to see them: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m a little excited. Can you tell?)

One more thing… If you have Twitter, please spread the word:
Tweet: Scholarships to The #Diabetes UnConference LV available. Learn more here: http://ctt.ec/570rK+ #doc #dsma

Diabetes UnConference Scholarships Available NOW!

un-diabetes-conference-fullcolor-iconI quietly announced Sunday on The Diabetes UnConference’s website that scholarships to the conference are available, thanks to our generous sponsors and The Diabetes Collective, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation. Everyone was on vacation or not looking at the Internet, so I got to ease into this wonderful announcement.

Are you an adult with diabetes? Do you want to be a part of the only conference where all adults with diabetes can talk about the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes? Do you want to come to Vegas? Do you want to have fun?

Then you need to apply. Now. The scholarship deadline will close on September 30, 2014. 

What type of scholarships are available?

There are scholarships for Medicare recipients, Type 1s and Type 2s. There are full and partial scholarships. There is something for every adult with diabetes.

I want everyone to come and I’m so glad that these scholarships are possible. Even if you aren’t awarded a scholarship, I hope you’ll be able to come.

A lot of very cool announcements will be made this week about what’s going on at The Diabetes UnConference. If you’re interested in keeping up to date on the latest news, then you can subscribe to the newsletter (which is awesome, but I’m biased).

The early bird full registration of $139 per person will end on September 30, 2014. If you are on the fence (or applying for a scholarship), you can still register and if you receive a full scholarship, you will be refunded your registration fee.

Wait. What do I get for my registration fee?

  • Entrance to the Friday night Special Event
  • A spiffy t-shirt
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday
  • Snacks on Sunday
  • Non-alcoholic beverages for the Saturday and Sunday conference (coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.)
  • An exclusive special event on Saturday night from one of our sponsors that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world
  • Intimate access to certain companies who want to hear what you have to say about products and devices made for us
  • The feeling of safety and connection with others, knowing you can say just about anything related to living with diabetes and someone else “gets it”

Is it worth it?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

So, register. Apply for the scholarships. Get signed up for the newsletter. Tell your friends who have diabetes. Make it a “friends weekend”. Make it an “about me” weekend.

You won’t be disappointed.