Back to Rufus Rufus Visits the Winer Family

The Winer Family, Westborough, Massachusetts
Allie (15 dx 1997), Amanda (11), Jeff (18), Lori and Steve

May 17th, 2001
Rufus arrived at our house today, and in a few days he will continue on his journey. I am honored to be a part of this connection of people whose lives have been affected by diabetes. I personally have lived with this disease for almost four years, and I hope for everyone that we won't have to live with this too much longer. But, for now, Rufus serves as a great symbol for what we are all working for. So, have a good trip Rufus, and may the cure be not too far away.

May 19th, 2001
Before Rufus left the Bay State, we decided to take him into Boston on an adventure. After parking the car, we took the subway, the "T", to the Science Museum. Rufus had his first experience, along with me, of testing on the subway. I was a little on the low side, but Rufus' blood sugar was perfect. Rufus learned all sorts of things at the Science Museum. We experienced the making of indoor lightning as well as seeing a laser show set to classical music. Rufus really enjoyed that.

After the museum, we went to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. Rufus had fun looking at all the carts filled with unique things. We then got to sit down when we went to Durgin Park, a famous restaurant, for dinner. It was very enjoyable and Rufus loved the coffee jello with homemade whipped cream. This ended our eventful and tiring day, and Rufus came home and got rested up and ready to continue his journey.

Before he leaves Westborough, Rufus will be stopping at my friend Dani's house for a quick visit. She is an awesome little girl, and I really enjoy babysitting for her and her sister Anna. Dani is eight, and was diagnosed with diabetes about four or five years ago. But for now, it's time for the Winers to say goodbye to Rufus, and send him on his way. I hope to be able to read about the rest of Rufus' journey and the people he meets along the way, especially the other children who live everyday hoping for a cure.


As Allie mentioned in her diary, Rufus made a little side trip across town to Dani Petrunich's house. Dani is eight, and Allie babysits for her. Here's what Dani wrote:

Hello! My name is Dani Petrunich. I just received Rufus from my favorite babysitter, Allie. I am 8 years old, and I've had diabetes for 5 years. I have a girl diabetes bear named Sally (she is the female version of Rufus). I got her about 6 months after I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now she is one of my favorite stuffed animals. I also have a Rufus bear of my own. Everyday at school I have to get a fingerstick at lunchtime. Lately, my blood sugars have been all over the place. I get a lot of questions asked about my diabetes from my classmates. I'm glad to answer all of their questions. But sometimes having diabetes can be really annoying. If all of the kids in my class get cupcakes, I always have to take most of the frosting off of it, and if most of the other kids get more than a cupcake, I have to bring it home with me. But, I get lots of compliments from people on how I handle my diabetes. When I get compliments like that I feel very grown-up. Even though I have diabetes, I'm still very active in ballet, jazz, soccer, softball and other sports. I can even go all the way down in a split! Lot's of people say that I'm very athletic. Diabetes can be a pain sometimes, but I try to stay positive, and I have a family that takes good care of me. Good luck to everyone who reads this journal.

Dani Petrunich

Danielle—8 years old, diagnosed at age 3
Anna–7 years old

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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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