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The Parks Family, Salina, Kansas

May 1, 2002
The family gathered around the box that came for Noah today. He opened the box and found Rufus. Everyone was excited to meet him. Noah and Mom called Grandma at work to tell her Rufus was here. We decided we would go show Rufus to Grandma. We had a May basket for her as well. We went to the nursing home where she works. Grandma showed Rufus and Noah around. We got home and did a test. Noah was 239 and Rufus was 175. It was time to go to soccer practice. When we got home Noah was 84. Soccer always lowers his blood sugar. We ate supper then played the Potato Head game. Time for bed.

Tuesday, May 2 2002
Noah took Rufus to school today. The children and the teachers all thought he was great. They were impressed at all the places Rufus has been.

Saturday, May 4, 2002
Busy day for the Parks family. Noah and his brother, Ben, and Dad took Rufus to two soccer games. Danielle (Noah's sister) and Mom went to her dance recital rehearsal. After rehearsal we went to Danielle's two soccer games. At 4:00 our family and Rufus went to see Spider Man. We had popcorn and diet cokes. At 7:30 we went to Dani's dance recital. It was a great show.

Sunday, May 5, 2002
Kansas welcomed Rufus with a tornado warning. This evening after the children went to bed the tornado sirens went off. That means everyone had to go to the basement to wait until it is safe. We were there about 20 minutes. The tornado did not come to our town. Welcome to Kansas in the Spring.

Friday, May 10, 2002
We went to Fazoli's for supper tonight. Mom was late getting home. She is a preschool teacher and was talking to some staff from the school. She found out that next year she will be getting a child with diabetes in her classroom. We also went shopping at Wal-Mart.

Sunday May 19, 2002
The family went to see Star Wars Episode II on Friday night. Today we went to the Mobile VietNam War Memorial. It is a miniature version of the one in Washington DC, and it travels to different areas of the country-much like Rufus. We stayed at the park and had a picnic as well. It was a great day. We are ready to say our goodbyes to Rufus. We have enjoyed his stay and hope the next families enjoy him as much as we did. The experience has helped my son understand and accept his diabetes even more. It's always been something that he and his Daddy have shared but not many others to his knowledge. Thank you!

The Parks family
Rex (33 dxd at 8yrs of age), Shelly, Danielle (10), Benjamin (7), Noah (4 dxd 8-2000)

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Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.

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