The West Family, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Rufus has been hanging out in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania for quite some time now, waiting to take the big plunge (over water, this time)!
Tomorrow is the big day: the day Rufus 'climbs' into a barrel - a carefully constructed foam-lined barrel - with the intent of plummeting over the largest waterfall in Bushkill, a 100 foot drop.
To prepare for his big feat, Rufus spent the day hanging out at the mall! Rufus helped out at Community Day; we sold JDRF Walk Sneakers to kick off Team Shae's "Walk a Mile for Diabetes." We sold over 200 sneakers - a good start toward our goal of 5,280 feet - a mile closer to the cure!
Right now, Rufus is resting up for the big day in Shaelyn and Kalleigh's room. Rufus rode with us in the car up to Bushkill; he sat in the back with Shaelyn and her little sister, Kalleigh. Shae's grammy and pop followed us there.
We met the boys from Mr. Doney's science class; they were responsible for designing the barrel for the big trip!
Rufus is sealed in the wooden barrel, wrapped in two plastic bags, and duct taped to stay dry. Of course, he had his emergency kit: insulin, a syringe, and cell phone! Chet gave Rufus a final push ... and over he goes!
Rufus lands safely, and his barrel is retrieved! Shae helped with his unpacking. Much more to say, but Rufus must go away! Hope he had a fun stay!
Shae is making sure Rufus is OK
The beautiful Bushkill Falls
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: Tuesday June 24, 2003 10:17:25
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