Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Williamson Family

Williamson family, Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada
Donna and Bucky, Billy 15 dx 01/00, Shaylene 11, Jake 10, Justine 7

May 16, 2001
Rufus arrived in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada this afternoon. He is very exhausted and in need of a good wash. I took him directly over to the Spiller house. Destine Spiller is a child from our community and has been newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She is eight years old and very enthusiastic about taking Rufus to her classroom. Our family decided Rufus would be of great assistance to Destine in her dealing with diabetes, so we opted to have Rufus spend some quality time in The Spiller home.

Donna Williamson

May 23, 2001
Rufus arrived in Flin Flon, Manitoba. Destine took Rufus along with on her trip to Winnipeg. This is the city 800 km south of Flin Flon where Destine's diabetic team is located. Rufus enjoyed the companionship of Destine. They shared insulin injections and finger pokes. Rufus was a Godsend. Rufus accompanied Destine to her Endocrinologist's appointment. Destine was pleased to have a good check up. They traveled to Dominion City, Manitoba to visit her Grandma and Grandpa for the weekend. Destine's bunnies that she hugs at Grandma and Grandpa, thought rufus was a "Godsend." They did not have to endure watching the injections and being held so tight by Destine.

Tuesday, Destine returned to school in Flin Flon. Rufus was thrilled to visit her school and see her classroom. Destine's teacher read the Rufus story book to the class. Destine's classmates had the opportunity to poke Rufus. Flin Flon's local newspaper editor stopped by at Destine's house to interview Rufus and Destine. They are going to try and publish the article in the The Flin Flon Reminder. Destine enjoyed Rufus. She wishes him a happy, safe journey to his next home.

Jill, Pat, Kiley, and Destine Spiller
Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada

May 30, 2001
Rufus came to visit Allison Klippel. Allie is a 4 year old girl diagnosed in July 2000. Allie fell in love with Rufus. She slept with him, held tightly in her arms...all night! She took very good care of him, making sure he had his snacks and meals diligently as did she. The second day her big sister Summer, seven year old took Rufus to school to show her class. Allie was very sad when he left for 2 hours. Rufus and Allie were in the newspaper. Allie spent the next days playing and taking care of Rufus. She was very protective of her new friend, finally someone with something in common with her. Rufus evern rode her bike. I have to make a "Friend" for Allie just like Rufus. On the last day with Rufus Allie wanted to take him to the petting zoo. We had our snack there. We ended our visit with Rufus at our local branches Potluck Diabetes Get-Together.

Brad, Cindy, Allie, and Summer Klipper
Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada

June 7, 2001
Rufus was happy to join in on a delicious potluck for the Canadian Diabetes Association. The newspaper article from Flin Flon was a tremendous hit in the community. It was educating and informative. The community was interested in the website started by Jeff Hitchcock. Over the last few days, many people have made reference to the article and the pictures of the "GIRLS" with Rufus. Rufus went to school with Billy Williamson's youngest sister, Justine. I think she felt a little left out, because of the celebrity Rufus focusing all his attention of the children with Type 1 Diabetes. Rufus will head out today for the next family. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to have Rufus in our home.

Donna, Bucky, Billy (diagnosed January 2001), Shaylene, Jake, and Justine Williamson
Flin Flon, Manitoba Canada

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