The Campbell Family, Alexandria, Virginia
Rufus arrived in Alexandria, Virginia, and Amanda was so excited. She dressed and undressed Rufus in all of his outfits before going to bed. We took so many pictures of Amanda, Rufus, and Ruby. She was very glad that Ruby finally had a friend to hang out with while she was at school. On the weekend, we took Rufus and Ruby to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where my mom works. We even bought him a new bag to keep all of his clothes and other souvenirs in.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center used to be an actual torpedo factory! Rufus and Ruby sat on the torpedo they still have on display; it was very neat. During the day, we also walked around and introduced Rufus and Ruby to some of the artists that work at the art center. It was a fun day!
Also during his visit to Alexandria, we took Rufus to a family team meeting with JDRF, so we could start raising money for Amanda's Angels. There were a lot of children there that had not heard of the CWD Traveling Rufus program. We gave out the website and passed Rufus around with the journal.
We also had a very bad snowstorm during Rufus' visit. It was so bad we got out of school for a whole week! We were stuck in the house for several days, too. My mom could not dig out our car because there was too much snow.
We had a very nice visit with Rufus. Ruby and I will miss him very much. Happy travels, Rufus!
Amanda Campbell, age 7, diagnosed November 2001 at age 6
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 April 10, 2003 12:05:40
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