2019 TypeOneNation Summit Orange County

April 28, 2019, Garden Grove, CA
8:00 am - 2:30 pm


Join other individuals, families, and caregivers affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) at all life stages for a FREE day of education and connection at the TypeOneNation Summit. Talk to experts about research advances, meet with other attendees to exchange ideas, visit with vendors and sponsors and participate in discussions important to you. A free lunch will also be provided for all attendees *Gluten free options available


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  • Scott Kasper –

    Two of Scott’s three sons, his mother, sister-in-law and her first cousin all have T1D. Hear how JDRF has impacted his family and how he uses his experience in the JDRF Ride to support JDRF’s mission and help fund a cure for the disease.

  • Dr. Natalie Strand, MD –

    Go behind the scenes of The Amazing Race with Nat Strand, the winner of season 17 and only person with T1D ever to do so.  Nat will share about her experience on the show, as well as what she has learned throughout her time in medical school and as a chronic pain management doctor.  Nat focuses on living an active and adventurous life with T1D and not letting anything hold her back.

  • Eric Tozer –

    Hear about Eric’s amazing accomplishment of completing the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons in 7 days on all 7 continents.  In addition to his recent challenge, Eric has also completed countless Ironman races and ran across the United States. Eric along with 9 teammates, all living with diabetes, took on the inaugural Run Across America covering 3,000 miles, coast-to-coast, in just 15 days, ending in NYC on World Diabetes Day. Learn how Eric managed his blood sugar during exercise and how his experience can help you!

  • Joe Solowiejczyk, CDE, MSW –

    Explore the psycho-social aspects of T1D with Joe, who has been living with T1D for over 50 years.  Learn ways to cope with depression, diabetes burnout, and the overall stress of living with such a demanding disease 24/7.  Joe will also touch on the importance of parents/caregivers giving up control and allowing those living with T1D to begin to take control themselves.  This session is for anyone living with T1D as well as any parents/caregivers who would like to better understand the psychological toll that T1D takes on the individual.

  • Dr. Beth Braun, Ph.D; Kiersten Montgomery BSN, RN, MSN, FNP-C, Cory Safford

    Have you ever wanted to ask real questions about life with T1D, but were too afraid to ask? This is your chance! This adults-only session will be a Q+A on topics related to living with T1D as an adult.  From alcohol, sex, drugs, and relationships, no topic is off limits and will be answered by our panel of T1D professionals.

    *This session is for adults with T1D or parents/caregivers and is not appropriate for kids. Sessions about real life situations with T1D will be available for teens and tweens in their separate programs.  Mature themes will be covered and may not be appropriate for those under 18.

  • Kristan Hinman; Samantha Markovitz, NBC-HWC; Paula West Hernandez-

    From navigating teachers and administrators to obtaining 504 plans, this session has you covered. Learn tips on how to prepare your child to manage their T1D at school, while also giving the teachers all the tools they need to feel comfortable. This session is for parents/caregivers with kids high school age or younger.

  • Dr. David Ahn, MD –

    Hear about some of the new technology coming to T1D management in the next few years.  New closed loop systems, smart insulin pens, and new artificial pancreas companies are a few of the topics that will be covered.  T1D management has come a long way in the past 5 years, and will only get better in the future! This session is for anyone who wants to learn about the newest up and coming devices on the market.

  • Mike Avery, Kayla Naeini, Nicole Ergerer

    Have you ever felt like T1D was stopping you from doing what you love? Hear from Mike, Kayla and Nicole about how they have managed their T1D while following their dreams.  Mike was a Hollywood stuntman and Kayla and Nicole are now using T1D to influence lives through social media.  They will share tips about how to keep your BGs under control in stressful situations, how to avoid letting T1D stand in the way of your dreams and how you can use T1D as an advantage while following your dreams.

  • Leah Blaylock –

    How do different carbs affect your blood sugar? Learn how not everything you eat impacts your body the same way.  Whether you are newly diagnosed, or have been living with T1D for years, learn how the things you eat can affect your body and blood sugar in many different ways.



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Delta Hotel Anaheim Garden Grove

Self-parking is free in the hotel parking lot for TypeOneNation attendees. Valet parking is $10.00 for TypeOneNation attendees.

12021 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Type One Nation

Join other individuals, families, and caregivers affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) at all life stages for a day of education and connection at the TypeOneNation Summit. Talk to experts about research advances, meet with other attendees to exchange ideas, and participate in discussions important to you.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions designed for all stages of those living with T1D including:

    • Diabetes Burnout
    • Adult Situations
    • Taking T1D to school
    • Following Your Dreams
    • Carb Counting 101
    • Sports and T1D

There will also be two dedicated Teens & Tweens breakout sessions and a Children’s Program for kids age 4-10.

Event Contact

Robby Mansfield
(949) 885-5020 | rmansfield@jdrf.org

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