As you may know, Children with Diabetes is personal for me. My daughter Marissa, now 20 and a junior in nursing school, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. When I began Children with Diabetes in 1995, I wanted to share my experiences with other families so that, together, we could all make a difference in the lives of kids with diabetes. This mission remains at the core of Children with Diabetes and is the reason for contacting you with important news.
I want to personally inform you that today, March 28, 2008, Children with Diabetes, Inc., which includes the www.childrenwithdiabetes.com Web site, the Quilt for Life, and the Friends for Life conferences, joined the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies as part of the Diabetes Franchise.
Over the years, our online community and conferences have grown dramatically. To meet the ever-increasing needs of the community we require significantly more resources. By being part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, CWD will be able to provide even more information and opportunities to help children with diabetes and their families.
You may have questions about how this news affects our relationship, and from my perspective, I see this as an opportunity for our connection to grow even stronger. The Children with Diabetes business will operate independently within the Diabetes Franchise. We will use the added personnel and financial resources from the acquisition to enhance the CWD Web site and e-community, and to notably expand our Friends For Life conferences. As our community grows, so do the opportunities for families to connect.
While we have now teamed up with Johnson & Johnson, our charter as an unbiased, independent voice for the diabetes community remains unchanged. That means we will continue to invite support from, and encourage participation by, ALL companies involved in making a difference in the lives of our families. We will continue to provide state-of-the-art, science-based education and resources to families dealing with type 1 diabetes. As always, our community will continue to participate in our chat rooms, forums, online polls, surveys and conferences.
You may also find comfort in my commitment to continue to serve as President, directing all day-to-day operations, while Laura Billetdeaux will continue to manage our conferences.
To learn more, see:
Open Letter to the CWD Community
Children with Diabetes Statement of Principles