The Le Brun Family, Kanada, Ontario, Canada
April 4, 2002
Rufus arrived in Canada's capital! We were elated and pored over his pictures and stories with great interest.
April 5, 2002
Rufus went to Bridlewood Community Elementary School with Katie, where he met her class and told them about his travels. They signed an autograph book that Rufus is taking with him, with the hopes that more people will sign it during his travels.
April 8, 2002
Rufus went to work with Mommy at Health Canada, where he met Diane Finegood, Scientific Director of the Institute for Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
April 9, 2002
Rufus, Katie, and mom (Barbara) went to the JDRF Corporate Team Captain's lunch, where Rufus cheered them on with their fundraising. Here he is with Katie, new friend Carolyn and the JDRF National Capital Region Team. At 4:00 pm we met a reporter for the local newspaper at our house and she asked lots of questions of Rufus and Katie. She took pictures and wrote a super article. http://www.kourier-standard.com/index.html
Next, we took Rufus to our Parliament buildings, here he is with Katie in front; he is in the carrying bag that Mommy made for him out of material with the Canadian maple leaf, which is the symbol on our flag. Then we got a picture of Rufus in front of the Health Canada building named for Dr. Frederick Banting, the Canadian who discovered insulin.
April 10, 2002
Rufus came to Katie's Brownie unit, the 32nd Kanata Brownies. He received a Friend of Guiding pin from our co-commissionaires, and Katie received a hand knit bear to replace Rufus when he has to leave for the next family.
April 11, 2002
Rufus met Spartacat-the mascot for the Ottawa Senators-our NHL team! Here, Spartacat appears to be eating Katie's head!
April 13, 2002
Rufus was our Brownie mascot at our Girl Guide Spring Tea. He sat at our craft table and helped to sell the crafts the girls made. He was very popular-some kids wanted to buy him! Since it was the day after the newspaper article, he was recognized! One girl said, oh, is that Rufus the Bear with diabetes? Then she turned to Katie and said, you are famous! Rufus garnered a lot of attention and awareness while he was here.
April 16, 2002
Rufus asked to stay over so he could do one last speaking engagement in Ottawa. He was a special guest at the Stittsville Public School assembly for their Walk for the Cure. Again, he was very popular as we discussed diabetes, how it changed our lives, how we take care of Katie and how important is the Walk. Rufus was presented with a school pin, which is on his vest, along with the Ottawa pin of Parliament. We are very sad to see Rufus go, but he has been so important in our lives this week, we understand that he has to bring his message and caring to all the children. Here is Rufus in his Canada travel bag, buckled into his seat belt - always travel safe! Bye, Rufus!
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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