Back to Rufus Ruby Visits the Civiletti Family

The Civiletti Family, Rochester, New York

My name is Angela and I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 4. I have the blue insulin pump now for the last 2 years. When I got Ruby bear I was so excited that I couldn't breathe. We went to my brother's boy scout picnic. All the boy scouts met Ruby.

The day after I got her, we went to Niagara Falls. My mom and dad planned it a couple minutes before we left. Ruby and I had our picture taken with Babe the parrot at the Rainforest CafÚ in Canada. I bought Ruby a Niagara Falls pin to take with her on her journey. Ruby loved the Falls. They are so big and pretty and wet. The next day, I took her to church with us. We took a couple of pictures with my parent's choir group. Ruby liked all my friends at church and loved the music.

On Monday, my mother took Ruby to her work because I couldn't bring her to school. I also had to leave her home on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I took her on the Erie Canal fieldtrip. We took a lot of pictures there. We rode on a big boat called the Emita II with Captain Dan Wiler right down the canal and through a lock. My whole class met Ruby and we had lunch at a playground.

On Thursday, I brought her to school and it was fun! She sat with me while I took my 4th grade math test and had her picture taken with my school nurse and two other kids with diabetes like me. On Friday, I took Ruby to school with me again. She sat with me during the last part of my state math test. On Saturday, we took her to see the Red Wings ball game. We took a picture of Spikes and with Wasteman. It was a shame that the Red Wings lost and there were no fireworks.

On Sunday, we took her to church again. We took a picture with Father Neil and Father Damien. I introduced him to my friends, Norma, Olga, Mike, and Ruben. They were pleased to meet her. On Monday, I took her to school with me. I had a science exam. She sat very quietly while I was taking my exam. On Tuesday, I took her to school. I did my other half of my science exam. I took her out to recess with me. Ruby went with me and my Mom to a meeting at the American Diabetes Association where we are planning this year's Walk for Diabetes. Ruby had lots to say and told everyone to keep up the good work.

Wednesday, I took her to school and showed my gym teacher, Mr. Snyder. We played Dodge Ball. Ruby and I both had low blood sugars at lunch, too much dodge ball! On Friday, I took her to school so my classmates could say goodbye to Ruby because we are sending her to Rhode Island to the next family on her journey. I had fun with Ruby. It is great to read about other people who have diabetes like me. Ruby and I didn't let diabetes get in the way of having fun! The best part was sleeping with her every night. Ruby and Bella, our cat, had lots of fun hanging out together. I will miss you Ruby!

Love, Angela

All of the Civiletti family enjoyed having Ruby with us. She taught lots of people here in Rochester about diabetes. We will all miss Ruby. Have a safe journey! God Bless!

Michael (dad), Regina (mom), Angela (10), Paul (brother, 13) and Marie (sister, 12) and Bella (cat)

Ruby at Niagara Falls

Angela with Ruby and Babe, the parrot

Ruby and Angela on the Erie Canal field trip

Ruby and Angela with her Mom at the ADA office

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