The Travels of Rufus and Ruby
The Bears with Diabetes
Rufus's Travel Journal
The trip was the idea of 8 year old Colleen Crowley of Bronxville, New York and her mother, Rita. Parents who participate in online support through the Children With Diabetes web site learned of the Crowley's idea, asked if their families could participate, and a formal plan for Rufus' travels was underway. Ten Rufus bears and four Ruby bears are now on a two-year-long excursion that will span four continents and visit well over 300 families with Type 1 diabetes.
Rufus and Ruby will travel from CWD family to CWD family, spending several days in each city or town. They will be a visiting Ambassador-Bear, sharing information about Type 1 Diabetes, assisting with local advocacy efforts, and basically having a very good time with his CWD friends. Their adventures will be documented in journals that travels with them from place to place. The journal entries and photos will also be documented online (see below). In this way, children with type 1 diabetes can read about other families with type 1 diabetes, share their stories, and add their own stories when Rufus or Ruby comes to visit. This is an opportunity for an incredible learning experience, and an opportunity to share "a day in the life" of other children and families who share the same challenges!
Rufus and Ruby have retired from their trips, but you can still read about their adventures below.
Read about the travels of Rufus and Ruby
Rufus and Ruby Traveled to Space
Rufus, the boy bear with diabetes
Rufus 1 | Rufus 2 | Rufus 3 | Rufus 4 | Rufus 5
Rufus 6 | Rufus 7 | Rufus 8 | Rufus 9 | Rufus 10
Rufus 11 | Rufus 12
Ruby, the girl bear with diabetes
Ruby 1 | Ruby 2 | Ruby 3 | Ruby 4 | Ruby 5
Rufus, the bear with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus. 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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