Rufus and Ruby are the bears with
diabetes, created by Carol Cramer. Both Rufus and Ruby have patches
on the four primary insulin injection sites (arms, legs, tummy, and
bottom), and both wear medic alert bracelets.
Rufus and Ruby are traveling
Ambassador Bears who share information about Type I diabetes. As
they travel, they, or the family they visit, write a journal entry
describing their adventures. The bears travels are sponsored by
Children with Diabetes.
Click here to read more
about Rufus and Ruby, and to read their journals.
Photo courtesy of Children With Diabetes
Rufus and Ruby left planet Earth in
October 2002 on orbiter Atlantis on a mission to the International Space
Station. They experienced the thrill of launch, the ups and downs of
floating weightless, and the wows of seeing the Earth from space.
here to read more about this exciting mission.
Rufus and Ruby visited
Carefree during the first week of camp (August 3-9, 2003). Each day,
they spent a day with a different camper cabin; Rufus with boys and
Ruby with girls. At the end of the day, each cabin wrote a
journal entry describing Rufus' or Ruby's day at camp. These journal
entries were sent to Children With Diabetes to be posted in the online
journals for each bear, so that they may share the summer camp experience
with other kids with diabetes. The journal entries are also
available at the links below.
In honor of Rufus' and Ruby's trip to space, each cabin
was invited to come up with one space related question which was
answered by Astronaut Ed Lu. Ed was in residence on the International Space Station
during the summer, 2003. Communication with Ed took place by email.
Click here to read the questions and Ed's answers.