The Boccardo Family, Venezuela
November 16, 2001
On November 16, a very expected package arrived home from England. We had been waiting for him for a week, and whenever the doorbell rang, we thought it was Rufus. I went to Andrés' school with the box, and as soon as he saw it he knew that Rufus had arrived. Of course, he tested Rufus' blood sugar and it was a bit high due to the excitement of his arrival in Venezuela. Andrés gave him a shot. Ever since that moment, we started to share many special days with Rufus.
That same day, many people visited us because they wanted to meet the little bear, the ambassador of diabetes. That night, Andrés went to sleep hugging his new friend. The next day, it was the first game of the football league. Of course, Rufus went to the game, and all the kids on Andres´ team had the opportunity to meet him and have their pictures taken with him. By the way, the game was a tie, two to two.
Sunday, November 18th
This was a very special day for Rufus. He went to a celebration of the Diabetes Worldwide Day in a park at the east side of the city. Many children from different parts of Caracas sat down on the grass to listen to the story of Rufus and then were very excited to spend the rest of the day with him. People from local and nationwide newspapers attended the event and they wrote beautiful articles on such an important little bear.
November 30, 2001
During the following two weeks, Rufus visited different schools and preschools that kids with diabetes attend. He left in each one of them a very special memory. In Andrés' school, Rufus visited several classrooms, and Andrés himself was in charge of explaining who Rufus was and the basics of diabetes treatment.
Andres and Rufus were interviewed by a web site in Spanish, www.diabetesaldia.com. In January, some of the photos of Rufus will be published in this site. On Saturday, December 1, Rufus visited a hospital called El LLanito, where he shared with adults and kids, and on Sunday he was the guest of honor in the Christmas Party at the Amadi Club (friends holding hands with diabetes). This is a club that operates in Caracas and where kids with diabetes and their families get together to have fun and share their experiences. The club opened a year ago and families meet every month. There are more than 40 kids. That day, Rufus shared with the kids a Christmas lunch. He tested our typical Christmas dish, the "hallaca" prepared with cornmeal, and he loved it. On Monday and Tuesday, Rufus visited the Children's Hospital, the biggest in Caracas, and he spent those days with the kids and their families. He had a great time.
These last days Rufus has been going to school with Andrés. I think it is going to be hard to say good-bye. Today we are preparing his luggage for him to continue with his trip. His visit in Caracas was very special and he is leaving in Venezuela many little friends who will always remember him.
Have a nice trip Rufus. We love you very much!
The Boccardo family
José Manuel (father), María (mother), Gustavo, María Fernanda,and Andrés (7 years old, dx. 98)
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.
Last Updated: Thursday December 19, 2002 17:14:00
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